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Kenosha casino decision expected next week

UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Supporters and opponents of the Kenosha casino are trying to figure out the main message from Governor Scott Walker's statements about the project this week. The Republican Walker has been issuing daily letters, saying he wanted people to know the issues he's facing as he decides whether to approve the Menominee tribe's $800,000 Hard Rock casino and resort.

The administration expects a decision next week.

Kenosha area legislators from both parties say Walker appears to be leaning against the new casino. A spokesman for Hard Rock says it's not true that Walker's laying out a case against it. The Potawatomi tribe, one of the biggest opponents of the new casino, says the jury's still out.

Walker's statements have not focused on the Menominee's claim of new jobs and more gamblers from Illinois. The governor's letters have also ignored the Menominee's contention that all other Wisconsin tribes endorsed the project when they signed new gaming agreements with the state a decade ago. The governor also points to mixed support in southeast Wisconsin. That's one of the main criteria in his decision.

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