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Republican questions casino approval criteria

Published On: Aug 28 2013 01:11:49 PM CDT
Scott Walker Wisconsin Governor

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MADISON, Wis. -

The Wisconsin state Senate's president is questioning Gov. Scott Walker's criteria for approving a new tribal casino.

The Menominee Nation got federal approval last week to build an $800 million, off-reservation casino in Kenosha. Walker, a Republican, has the final say on the project. The governor has said he would grant approval only if the project results in no new net gambling, the community supports it and the state's other 10 tribes approve. The Forest County Potawatomi, which run a casino in Milwaukee just north of the Kenosha site, are vehemently opposed to the new casino.

Senate President Mike Ellis, a Neenah Republican, calls Walker's standards a curious contradiction to the free enterprise system. He likened Walker's standards to giving Menards the ability to block a new Fleet Farm store.

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