MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Walker administration has hired a legal team to help the governor decide whether he'll approve a new Menominee Indian casino in Kenosha.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel said the national firm of Dykema Gossett could get a half-million dollars -- or more if necessary.
The legal team will be led by Lance Boldrey, who used to be an aide to former Michigan Governor John Engler. Officials said they considered several law firms before it chose Dykema, which has a large Indian law practice.
The firm is expected to review the main arguments over the proposed casino -- and it's expected to hire a financial analyst to review competing monetary claims.
The Menominee has said its new Hard Rock Casino and Resort would create thousands of jobs -- but the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk tribes said it would take away revenues from their existing casinos in southern Wisconsin.
The state's law firm will also determine how the tribes' current gambling agreements are affected by the proposal. Several tribes require that they reimbursed if a new off reservation gaming house cuts into their profits.
Governor Scott Walker says a lot of work needs to be done before he can make a final decision. There's been speculation that the decision might not come until after next November's elections.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)