State Rep. Peter Barca
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Rep. Barca urges Gov. Walker to use Vegas fundraising trip to analyze economic benefits of Kenosha casino

Proposed casino project expected to create thousands of jobs, generate tens of millions for state and local economies.

By - Mar 28th, 2014 02:03 pm

MADISON – This weekend, Gov. Walker is in Las Vegas to meet with billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and speak to wealthy Republican campaign donors. Adelson donated more than $250,000 to Walker during the 2012 recall campaign.

Meanwhile, the governor has yet to make a decision on whether or not to give final approval to the construction of a new casino in Kenosha. Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) today urged the governor to use his trip to assess the benefits of going forward with the Kenosha casino project.

“When he’s not focused on trying to raise money and line up support for a possible presidential run, I encourage Governor Walker to take the time while he’s in Las Vegas to observe the economic advantages of casinos in general and for Kenosha in particular,” Rep. Barca said. “We have a great opportunity to work together to create thousands of jobs and make southeastern Wisconsin a recreational destination point for the Midwest. I hope the governor uses his fundraising trip to analyze all that a casino would have to offer for the Kenosha area.”

The Kenosha project would include an $800 million casino, hotel and convention center that are expected to create up to 5,000 direct and indirect jobs and generate tens of millions of dollars for the local and state economies. Local elected officials, business leaders, citizens and a bipartisan group of state legislators have all expressed strong support for the project.

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