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Burke criticizes Gov. Walker over delay in Kenosha casino decision

Mary Burke (D), left, and Scott Walker (R)
Mary Burke (D), left, and Scott Walker (R)

KENOSHA, WI (WTAQ) - Democrat Mary Burke says Governor Walker has left a lot of people hanging by holding up a decision on the proposed new casino in Kenosha.

Burke, who's running against Walker this fall, said she agreed with the decision to do an independent study. If it shows it would create thousands of jobs, Burke said she'd waste no time approving it.

The U.S. Interior Department gave its blessing last August to the $800 million off reservation casino for the Menominee tribe. The federal agency gave the Republican Walker a year to make the final call, and he's asked for a six-month extension which could delay the ruling until after the November elections.  

Burke says even a one-year decision period is, "ridiculous" and "politics as usual."  

Walker has said it took several years for the federal government to make its decision on the Menominee Casino, and he's also entitled to a thorough review.

Supporters say the Kenosha project would create well over 3,000 jobs. The Potawatomi Tribe has fought the project for years, fearing it would reduce revenues at its casino in Milwaukee.

For now, that casino is the only one in heavily-populated southeast Wisconsin.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)