Tribal leader: Competing casino could cost state millions

Tribal leader: Competing casino could cost state millions


WELCOME BACK TO UP.
WE HAVE BEEN WAITING MORE THAN A
YEAR FROM GOVERNOR WALKER
WHETHER HE WILL
APPROVE A CASINO
IN KENOSHA.
HE SAYS THEY ARE STUDYING IT AND
NEGOTIATING WITH THE
TRIBES.
KENOSHA CASINO COULD BE OPERATED
BY THE
ME KNOWLEDGE ANY AND HARD
ROCK.
THEY ARE
ADVERTISING JONE BS.
THE FOREST COUNTY
POTAWATOMI
WITHHELD THE ANNUAL GAMING
PAYMENT PUTTING IT IN A RESERVE
FUND.
THE TRIBE SAYS THAT IS BECAUSE
THE STATE COULD END UP OWING THE
TRIBE MONEY IF
THE GOVERNOR
APPROVES THE KENOSHA CASINO.
THEY
REMAIN FIERCELY OPPOSED AND
WE ARE TALKING WITH THEIR
ATTORNEY GENERAL JEFF
CRAWFORD.
THANK YOU, MIKE.
IS THERE ANYTHING THAT CAN

RESOLVE THIS PAYMENT DISPUTE
OTHER THAN THE GOVERNOR SAYING
WE ARE NOT GOING TO BUILD A

KENOSHA CASINO?
IT IS HARD TO SEE A SOLUTION
THAT
WAY.
WE HAVE TAKEN A POSITION THAT
THERE WILL
BE SIGNIFICANT
IMPACTS ON OUR CASINO IN
MILWAUKEE IF KENOSHA GOES
FORWARD AND
BASED ON THE
STATEMENTS FROM THE GOVERNOR AND
SECRETARY A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO

I THINK THEY ARE FINALLY
STARTING TO REALIZE WHAT WE HAVE
KNOWN FOR SEVERAL YEARS, THAT
THERE
WILL BE A POTENTIAL IMPACT
OF OVER $100 MILLION A KWRAOER
YEAR ON
OUR OPERATION.
$100 MILLION A
YEAR?
ABSOLUTELY.
I’M QUOTING THEIR NUMBERS.
I THINK THAT IS THE SORT OF UP
SIDE OF THIS
LONG WAIT IN TERMS
OF THE STATE’S
REVIEW OF THIS.
THEY ARE INDEPENDENTLY LOOKING
AT THE NUMBERS AND THE NUMBERS
THEY ARE QUOTING ARE
PRETTY
SIGNIFICANT.
HOW DID YOU NEGOTIATE A
RESOLUTION TO THIS
ISSUE?
YOUR TRIBE FEELS SO STRONGLY
THAT THE KENOSHA CASINO WOULD
HURT IT
GREATLY.
OTHERS FEEL IT WOULD BE A GREAT
ECONOMIC BENEFIT FOR PEOPLE DOWN
IN RACINE AND KENOSHA.
HOW DO YOU RESOLVE THIS?

YOU HAVE TO GET THE FACT THE
ON THE TABLE FIRST AND THE FACT
OF THE MATTER IS
THAT WE AREN’T
ADVERTISING HYPOTHETICAL
JOBS.
WE ARE A JOBS GENERATOR AND
CREATOR IN MILWAUKEE AND HAVE
BEEN FOR
YEARS.
WE KNOW THAT AS THIS PROJECT, IF
THIS PROJECT GOES
FORWARD, IT
WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON US IN
MILWAUKEE BY REDUCING THE NUMBER
OF
JOBS.
THERE ARE ALL KINDS OF FACTS
LIKE THAT WHICH GET
BRUSHED
ASIDE BECAUSE THE FACTS ARE
COMING FROM
POTAWATOMI.
WE LOOK FORWARD TO THE
INDEPENDENT STUDY TELLING US.
WHAT DO YOU
THINK OF THE FACT
THAT THE
MEENOMINEE SAYING WE
HAVE JOBS AND YOU CAN APPLY.
ONE IS FROM A BUSINESS
PERSPECTIVE I THINK
IT IS A
PWEU BIT

DISINGENUOUS TO BE
ADVERTISING
HYPOTHETICAL JOBS THAT MAY BE
CREATED.
ONE TO TWO TO THREE
YEARS DOWN
THE ROAD THAT IS CREATING A
FALSE HOPE FOR THOSE APPLICANTS.
I’M
BASING IT ON THEIR
CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE IF
EVERYTHING WENT THEIR WAY, YOU
ARE STILL
TALKING ABOUT ONE TO
TWO TO THREE YEARS.
BUT FROM A POLITICAL
PERSPECTIVE
THAT SEEMS TO BE THE TOPIC OF
THE DAY,
JOBS.
SO, WHATEVER YOU SAY THROW
JOBS
IN WHATEVER YOU DO.
DO YOU THINK THIS CASINO IN
KENOSHA WILL BE
BUILT?
WHAT DOES YOUR GUT TELL YOU
RIGHT NOW?
I THINK THAT IF IT IS
BUILT,
IT HAS A TREMENDOUS POTENTIAL

IMPACT, GOOD OR BAD, IN THE
STATE OF WISCONSIN.
FRANKLY,
WE THINK IT WILL BE
BAD.
AND FROM WHAT THE GOVERNOR HAS
BEEN SAYING AND THE SECRETARY
HAS
BEEN SAYING THEY NOW REALIZE
THIS IS A HIGH-RISK PROPOSITION
FOR THE STATE.
HIGH-RISK PROPOSITION.
DOES THAT MEAN YOU NOW THINK
THERE MIGHT BE A SOMEWHAT
BETTER
CHANCE OF IT NOT BEING BUILT
BECAUSE THE GOVERNOR REALIZES
THERE ARE FINANCIAL

RAMIFICATIONS TO THE STATE?
THERE ARE SIGNIFICANT FANS
RAMIFICATIONS
FOR THE STATE.
WE THOUGHT — I WAS
TALKING
ABOUT A YEAR AGO ABOUT THIS
SUBJECT AND AT THE TIME THE
GOVERNOR’S POLICY WAS
OF HOW HE
WAS GOING TO EVALUATE THAT

PROPOSAL.
FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE IF HE WOULD
HAVE FOLLOWED THAT POLICY IT
WOULD HAVE BEEN A
NO-BRAINER TO
HAVE REJECTED IT OVER A YEAR
AGO.
BUT THAT
SAID, THEY WANTED TO DO
T I
IT, DRILL DOWN ON THE STUDY AND
I THINK
THAT IS A GOOD IDEA FOR
THE STATE OF WISCONSIN.
BUT FROM EVERYTHING WE ARE
HEARING OUT
OF THE GOVERNOR’S
OFFICE AND THE SECRETARY’S
OFFICE, THE POTENTIAL
NEGATIVE
IMPACTS ON POTAWATOMI AND STATE
OF WISCONSIN ARE
SIGNIFICANT.
YOU ARE NOT FRUSTRATED BY HOW
LONG THIS PROCESS IS TAKING?
YOU ARE OK WITH
IT?
WELL, OBVIOUSLY THERE IS GOOD
AND BAD.
WE
THINK WAS A NO-BRAINER TO BE
REJECTED OVER A YEAR AGO.
BUT BECAUSE
OF THE $100 MILLION
OR MORE IMPACT IN A NEGATIVE
WAY
IT CAN HAVE ON THE STATE WE
UNDERSTAND WHY THE GIVE NEEDS TO
BE CAREFUL ABOUT THIS ONE.
AND YOU WILL HANG ON TO THAT
MONEY UNTIL THIS IS RESOLVED.
IS THAT CORRECT?
I THINK THAT WE WILL
FOLLOW
OUR COMPACT AND PROVISIONS THAT
ALLOW US TO DISPUTE
THAT
PAYMENT.
FROM OUR PERSPECTIVE THE STATE
WILL HAVE
TO PAY US, YOU KNOW,
POTENTIALLY HUNDREDS OF MILLIONS
OF DOLLARS
OVER THE YEARS IF THE
KENOSHA PROJECT
GOES FORWARD.
YOU HAVE TO REMEMBER WHEN WE
FIRST DID THE COMPACTS THERE WAS
A
BUDGET CRISIS AND IT WAS IN
THE BILLIONS OF DOLLARS AND LO
AND BEHOLD WE ARE NOW DEALING
WITH
THIS AGAIN AND THERE IS A
BUDGET DEFICIT THAT THEY ARE
LOOKING AT.
IT SEEMS TO BE
A PATTERN.
JEFF CRAWFORD IS THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL FOR FOREST COUNTY
POTAWATOMI.
GOOD TO HAVE YOU BACK.
HER DEMOCRAT’S CHANCES OF
GETTING A
KEY STATE STAT SEAT I
WILL ASK PAT BOTTOM BOTTOM

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