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Local leaders step up for casino
Governor urged to approve project called ‘good for jobs, and good for the county’
BY TERRY FLORES Local political and business leaders drove over bumpy, weed-filled pavement at the defunct Dairyland Greyhound Park with one purpose on Saturday. Their message to Gov. Scott Walker: Approve the $808 million, Menominee-backed Kenosha casino and entertainment center proposed for the site. On the heels of the federal government granting its blessing for

the project, local leaders stepped up Saturday to voice their support. Kenosha Mayor Keith Bosman said the decision came as a surprise. “I was expecting any number of other calls on economic development, and I got the one I wasn’t expecting,” he said. Nonetheless, he and County Executive Jim Kreuser called on the governor — who has the final say in granting authority for the project — to approve it as well.

“The Menominee casino project is good for jobs, good for the county,” Kreuser said. Kreuser said the project is in line with business and labor and will help to alleviate unemployment in the region.

Economic impact
According to Menominee officials, the casino and entertainment complex would add 3,300 jobs once completed. Also, 1,400 construction

jobs are expected. It is also expected to generate $35 million in revenue for the state and $19 million for local government and schools, officials said. Lisa Waukau, Menominee vice chairwoman, said she looks forward Lisa to working with all Waukau involved. “Our application is on the governor’s desk now, and as all of you

know it has been a very long time coming,” she said. She said that the decision of the Bureau of Indian Affairs to approve the project was encouraging and would bring “new life” and “new revenue” to the Kenosha area.

Influencing Walker
A multimedia and social media campaign is under way to urge

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Dan Gauger, left, of Twin Lakes, and Chris Caldwell pull beef brisket out of their grill at the Grill Games at HarborPark Saturday. The two-day event came to a close Saturday. Find out who won on Page A3.

Washington marchers follow in King’s footsteps
WASHINGTON (AP) — Tens of thousands of people marched to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and down the National Mall on Saturday, commemorating the 50th anniversary of King’s famous speech and pledging that his dream includes equality for gays, Latinos, the poor and the disabled. The event was an homage to a generation of activists that endured fire hoses, police abuse and indignities to demand equality for African Americans. But there was a strong theme of unfinished business. “This is not the time for nostalgic commemoration,” said Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the slain civil rights leader. “Nor is this the time for self-congratulatory celebration. The task is not done. The journey is not complete. We can and we first black attorney general, said he would not be in office, nor would Barack Obama be president, without those who marched. “They marched in spite of animosity, oppression and brutality because they believed in the greatness of what this nation could become and despaired of the founding promises not kept,” Holder said. Holder mentioned gays and Latinos, women and the disabled as those who had yet to fully realize the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. Others in the crowd advocated organized labor, voting rights, revamping immigration policies and access to local post offices. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., the only surviving speaker from the 1963 March on Washington, railed against a recent Supreme Court decision that effectively erased a key anti-discrimination provision of the Voting Rights Act. Lewis was a leader of a 1965 march, where police beat and gassed marchers who demanded access to voting booths. “I gave a little blood on that bridge in Selma, Ala., for the right to vote,” he said. “I am not going to stand by and let the Supreme Court take the right to vote away from us. You cannot stand by. You cannot sit down. You’ve got to stand up. Speak up, speak out and get in the way.” Organizers expected about 100,000 people to participate in the event, the precursor to the actual anniversary of the Aug. 28, 1963, march that drew some 250,000 to the National Mall and ushered in the idea of massive, nonviolent demonstrations.

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Back Page Reaction to decision
“The federal decision tees up 3,300-plus new, goodpaying jobs for Wisconsin; more than $35 million in new state revenue annually; more than $19 million in new annual revenue for local governments and schools; and an Craig economically Corn self-sufficient future for a very poor Wisconsin tribe.” — Craig Corn, Menominee chairman


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Walker to approve the project, she said. Waukau said the Kenosha project fits “hand-inhand” with Walker’s goal of creating more than 200,000 jobs in the state. “It will prove to the world Wisconsin is open for business,” she said. Walker has said he would evaluate the application with three criteria: ■ That it adds no new net gaming in the state. ■ Community support. ■ Consensus among the state’s 11 tribes. Walker also said he will move forward with a 60-day comment-gathering period for the tribes.

“I’m glad the BIA’s finally made a decision. It’s been waiting in limbo for a long time. The next hurdle has passed; it’s on to the executive branch, and I know the governor’s going to review Jim all the criteria, Kreuser and I will be supportive like I have in the past. There’s a large number of jobs that are going to be created from the construction and the employment there from the whole southeastern Wisconsin area.” — Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser “This is a very happy day for our area, and I think we’ve all got to band together and put pressure on the governor to OK this proposal.” — State Sen. Robert Wirch, D-Somers

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Making it a success
Gary Besaw, Menominee Kenosha Gaming Authority chairman, said tribal and local officials are committed to making the project a success. According to Besaw, the Kenosha casino has the potential to become a gaming and entertainment “mecca.” “We’ve worked on this project to make it a winwin,” he said.

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Lee Plumbing co-owner Linda Lee holds a sign urging Gov. Scott Walker to approve the Kenosha casino project during a press conference Saturday.

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Regional support
State Sen. Robert Wirch, D-Kenosha, said he has heard from many people who are unemployed in Kenosha and Racine and called on the governor to honor his commitment to creating jobs by approving the casino. “Let’s all commit ourselves to get this project under way for our citizens,” he said. Racine Mayor John Dickert said he supports the casino due to the positive regional impact it will have, particularly regarding jobs. He said many unemployed are at a standstill in their job search. “Their answer is, ‘We need (jobs) today,’” he said. “Our people can’t wait anymore.” Assembly Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Randall, said while she might not always agree with her Democratic colleagues, bipartisanship and cooperation on the issue of jobs is why she is in favor of the project. In addition, previous advisory referendums have shown residents’ support. “I think this is a job issue,” she said. “I’m just happy to be here to support the project.” Kerkman said she is expected to meet with the governor soon and will be asking him for his support. Assembly Rep. Tod Ohnstad, D-Kenosha, said he has supported the casino from his days as a labor organizer 15 years ago. He said all parties needed to come together to make it possible.

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“Gov. Walker has said he’s setting a ‘high bar’ for giving final approval. But at a time when Wisconsin continues to lag behind our neighbors in job growth, I strongly urge Gov. Walker Peter to recognize Barca this important opportunity for job creation and economic growth and work with local officials to move this project forward.” — Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca, DKenosha

Kenosha County Executive Jim Kreuser talks about the Bureau of Indian Affair’s approval of the Kenosha casino at Dairyland Greyhound Park Saturday. He was joined by other elected officials from both sides of the aisle as well as representatives of the building industry and local unions.
sents union contractors and union trades, said the new jobs that would be created brought a smile to his face. “We’re one step away,” he said. “To approve this casino would be great for Kenosha, great for the state.” Bob Lee Jr., president of Lee Plumbing, said he wants to give people the opportunity to work, providing apprenticeships and offering good-paying jobs to skilled laborers. While the campaign to sway Walker is on, Lee also praised the Menominee for keeping the project alive. “Let’s just enjoy the moment,” he said.

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