We are fast approaching the February deadline for Gov. Scott Walker to say “yay” or “nay” to the proposed Kenosha Casino.
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A story in The Journal Times this week spells out an agreement between the state and the Potawatomi Tribe that would cover any losses the Potawatomi may see if the Kenosha project is approved.
The project was approved by the Department of the Interior in August 2013, but Walker said he would only give his okay if the new casino had the support of the community, didn’t increase net gambling in the state and the remaining Wisconsin tribes also approved.
Support amongst residents and elected officials in both Racine and Kenosha counties is widespread. The Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi tribes are objecting.
Whether or not the conditions contained in the agreement are constitutional remains to be seen, Attorney R. Lance Boldrey wrote in a letter to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, because the governor doesn’t have the authority “to create annual spending obligations,” the story reads.