RACINE, Wis. (AP) _ The Racine County executive is publicly endorsing a new tribal casino proposed for Kenosha.

County Executive Jim Ladwig joined members of the Menominee tribe at a news conference Thursday to announce his support.

Ladwig urged state lawmakers to endorse the $800 million casino project and the 500 county jobs promised along with it.

The Journal Times reports (http://bit.ly/13krBhR ) Ladwig said he has received assurances from the Menominee tribe that 15 percent of casino workers will come from Racine County.

Gov. Scott Walker needs to sign off on a proposal by Menominee Nation leaders for an off-reservation casino in Kenosha.

The Forest County Potawatomi tribe strongly opposes the project. That tribe runs a casino in Milwaukee about 40 miles north of Kenosha and doesn't want to compete with the Menominee.