Craig Corn, chairman of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, released the following statement August 23 regarding the federal government’s approval of the Tribe’s application to build an entertainment center and casino at Dairyland Greyhound Park in Kenosha. The project—which means more than 3,300 new jobs and more than $35 million in annual new revenue for Wisconsin—now goes before Gov. Scott Walker.
“The federal decision tees up 3,300-plus new, good-paying jobs for Wisconsin; more than $35 million in new state revenue annually; more than $19 million in new annual revenue for local governments and schools; and an economically self-sufficient future for a very poor Wisconsin tribe. Governor Walker’s approval will push Wisconsin closer to his goal of 250,000 new jobs, promote free market competition and consumer choice, and demonstrate the Badger State is open for business. That message is even more important now, given recent news that our state is falling far behind the rest of the nation in job growth.??
“We anticipate that the federal approval will also tee up an increased series of anti-Kenosha attacks by the Forest County Potawatomi, the mysterious front group, ‘Enough!’ and their multimillion-dollar campaign to preserve Potawatomi’s monopoly. The Potawatomi have shown they’ll do, say and spend anything to keep their monopoly. The federal government saw through their ads, lobbyists and dramatic claims of economic devastation, and we think Governor Walker will have the good sense to do so, too. Wisconsin’s economic future is far more important than an unfair monopoly for one tribe.??
“Today is a great day for everyone who cares about jobs and economic success for Wisconsin. We applaud the BIA approval, we applaud the hard work of so many across the state who have supported this project for so long, and we are optimistic about the future. Governor Walker, let’s get the Kenosha project approved and start creating 3,300-plus jobs!”