MADISON - Opposing sides continue to clash over a proposed casino in Kenosha with no resolution.
The Menominee Tribe met with Governor Scott Walker Wednesday, and told him they met his criteria for the project.
Walker has said the Menominee needed to meet three conditions before he gives the final approval on the $800 million complex, which would include a Hard Rock Café and hotel.
Those conditions include no net increase in gambling, community support, and approval from all Wisconsin tribes.
The Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi have opposed the project, because of the proximity of their casinos.
Menominee tribe and Hard Rock International leaders met with Walker at the Capitol in Madison.
"We announced that we had met the criteria," said Menominee tribal chairman Craig Corn at a news conference following the 9:45 meeting.
Corn says the Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi tribes effectively support the plan because they signed gambling compacts with the state.
The contracts require each tribe to be compensated if it loses money to a new casino.
Project leaders say they are also willing to further help the Ho-Chunk and Potawatomi tribes.
"The tribal legislature agreed to raise the payments to the state 7.5% up to 12, up to 10, up to 9, for a period of two to five years, to cover that impact to those tribes, the two tribes," said Corn.
Walker did not comment after the meeting, but Dept. of Administration spokeswoman, Stephanie Marquis, said in a emailed statement, "The Governor is expected to make a decision by the end of the week, and there will be an announcement once a decision is made."
The Potawatomi tribe says it still opposes the casino plan. In a statement, the tribe's spokesman, Ken Walsh, said, "...the Potawatomi cannot support this Kenosha casino application because of the corruption associated with it and the hundreds of millions of dollars that will be sent to the out-of-state gambling interests invested in the project."
State Representative Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) is encouraging Governor Walker to approve the project, especially in light of a hearing by Illinois lawmakers to expand gambling in the state.
"So the competition will almost certainly be there, the question is can we get it in the Wisconsin side of the border," said Barca.
Corn says tribal leaders did not ask Governor Walker to push back the date on his decision. When asked if the governor doesn't approve the project, 'What's next?,' he said simply they remain optimistic.
Corn says Walker was receptive during the meeting, but didn't give any direction as to whether he'll approve the casino project.
The Menominee say the casino would create 3,300 permanent jobs and provide $35 million in annual payments to the state.
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