Walker last month announced he was rejecting the proposed $800 million casino project because compacts signed years ago with the Potawatomi put state taxpayers at risk. Walker said that under the gaming compacts taxpayers could stand to lose $100 million. Still, officials with the Menominee Tribe said their casino project is worth $1 billion over the next 25 years to the state if the governor approves the deal.
Reporter Charles Benson wrote: “There’s a lot on the table, and not a lot of time to think about it. The federal government has given the state until February 19th. Governor Walker has said his decision was final.”
Walker proposed lending $200 million to help pay for the Milwaukee Bucks arena project, which would then be paid back through a “jock tax.”,