Governor Walker is Wrong: Kenosha Casino Would Be a Taxpayer Bonanza
Project would create up to 10,000 jobs, draw millions of new tourists each year
MADISON – Today a bipartisan group of Kenosha- and Racine-area elected officials, along with local business and community leaders, joined together to disprove Governor Walker’s statement that a new casino in Kenosha would cost taxpayers any additional money, much less the hundreds of millions of dollars the governor claims.
“When you start with a false premise, you end up with a false conclusion. Not only would taxpayers not be on the hook, this casino project would in fact be a bonanza for Wisconsin taxpayers,” Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca (D-Kenosha) said. “This casino project would mean up to 10,000 good-paying jobs, millions of new tourists, up to $1 billion in revenue for state and local governments and other significant economic development opportunities – all at no cost to the taxpayers. Given those extraordinary benefits, we are again calling on Governor Walker to bring people together and find a way to get to ‘yes.’”
“From the beginning, the Menominee have shown a continued willingness to compromise and work together to make this project a reality,” Rep. Barca said. “With the Menominee and Hard Rock having offered to cover any potential lost revenue to the state, this project is a win-win for the taxpayers, people who need good jobs and our economic climate. This is a wonderful opportunity for the Kenosha area and for all of Wisconsin and we hope the governor finally decides to take advantage of it.”
Yesterday a group of Kenosha-area supporters launched an online petition urging the governor to reconsider his casino decision: http://chn.ge/1EqFHBI. More than 2,000 supporters have already signed on.
A letter to the governor signed by a bipartisan group of 10 legislators is attached here.
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