Just Build The Darn Thing

Just Build The Darn Thing

By Jeff Wagner. CREATED Mar 28, 2014

It seems like the Menominee Tribe has been trying to build a casino in Kenosha forever.

There have been referendums, decisions by the Department of Interior, the participation of Hard Rock International and enough political posturing to last a lifetime.

Yesterday, the State agreed to pay a Michigan law firm up to $1.5 million to "study" the casino project. This is triple the amount that was originally authorized when the "study" was initially launched.

I understand that this decision is politically risky for Governor Walker.

If he says "yes", he alienates two of the weathiest and most powerful special interest groups in Wisconsin, the Potawatomi and Ho-Chuck tribes. These tribes, of course, have their wealth and power because of gambling revenue ... but I digress.

On the other hand, if the Governor says "no", he runs the risk of alienating voters in Southeastern Wisconsin who support the casino project because of the jobs it will create.  These are voters that the Governor will surely need as he runs for re-election this Fall.

Politics aside, is it time to stop the stall, can the study and simply make a decision?

We'll discuss the question during the 12 p.m. hour of Friday's radio show.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section - and be sure to check back later to hear a replay of the conversation.


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Jeff Wagner recently completed his 15th year as a talk show host at 620 WTMJ. Jeff's show, which airs Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m., features stories which you might not have heard about elsewhere and emphasizes Jeff's common sense approach to issues.