State Rep. Peter Barca
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Statement from Rep. Barca on Proposed Casino/Arena Double Bonanza for Wisconsin Taxpayers

“If Governor Walker was being up front that his sole objection was about wanting to protect taxpayers, he will take advantage of this incredible opportunity and secure a win-win for Wisconsin taxpayers.”

By - Feb 10th, 2015 12:58 pm
Kenosha Casino

Kenosha Casino

MADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) released the following statement today after the Menominee Tribe and Hard Rock International offered to cover the taxpayers’ share for a new Milwaukee arena if Governor Walker is willing to approve the new casino project in Kenosha:

“This is a major new development that would provide taxpayers with a double bonanza and ensure two major entertainment venues that together would bring in approximately five million new tourists to Wisconsin a year, create roughly 10,000 jobs and free up millions in state revenue. It would also allow for any tax revenue generated from the ‘jock tax’ to be utilized to start filling the massive education holes in the governor’s budget.

“If Governor Walker was being up front that his sole objection was about wanting to protect taxpayers, he will take advantage of this incredible opportunity and secure a win-win for Wisconsin taxpayers.”

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2 thoughts on “Statement from Rep. Barca on Proposed Casino/Arena Double Bonanza for Wisconsin Taxpayers”

  1. Jerad says:

    So are the Kenosha casino projections bringing 4.5 million new visitors to WI? I don’t see how you could support the 5 million figure, otherwise. I highly doubt the arena will bring a ton of new out of state visitors.

  2. T says:

    Gambling is a scam that costs the state far more revenue than it generates. How convenient that the pro gambling expansion forces are using politicians’ fear of misusing public resources to fund a new professional basketball stadium to justify further gambling expansion. Further victimizing gambling addicts and creating even more opportunities to fleece people out of their money. The economic benefits of gambling, like those of funding new stadiums for professional sports teams, is a lie.

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