MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Gov. Scott Walker's administration has warned the Forest County Potawatomi tribe that it could lose about 2,000 slot machines if it succeeds in withholding its $25 million annual payment to the state.
The Potawatomi say they're withholding the money because the state may end up owing the tribe money if Walker approves the Menominee tribe's proposed Kenosha casino. The Potawatomi fear a Kenosha casino would significantly cut into their Milwaukee casino profits.
The administration's attorney sent the Potawatomi a letter in July warning the tribe its stance could invalidate the tribe's 2003 compact amendment. The tribe's 1998 compact agreement would then slide back into effect, limiting the tribe to offering only 1,000 electronic games in Milwaukee. A 2012 state report says the tribe offers 3,104 electronic games at the facility.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) _ Leaders from southeastern Wisconsin and Democratic state lawmakers say Gov. Scott Walker should immediately approve the Menominee tribe's proposed casino in Kenosha because it would put people back to work.
They came together Wednesday to put pressure on Walker to approve the casino. The Bureau of Indian Affairs gave its OK for the casino a year ago but Walker has until Feb. 19 to sign off on it.
Walker said in a letter to lawmakers on Tuesday that he's moving cautiously because he's concerned about the effect on the state budget.
The Forest County Potawatomi has refused to make its annual casino revenue payment to the state as Walker negotiates with it.
Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he thinks Walker is moving as quickly as he can.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Forest County Potawatomi say they have not made their annual revenue sharing payment to the state of Wisconsin for their casino in Milwaukee because they anticipate the state will owe them money if Gov. Scott Walker approves a casino in Kenosha.
The Potawatomi released a statement Tuesday after Walker's office sent out an update on the casino project that noted the tribe had missed its payment. The tribe says the money has been placed in a segregated account.
The Menominee Tribe wants to open an off-reservation casino in Kenosha to help pull its members out of poverty. A final decision on the project rests with Walker.
The Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk Nation have been opposed to the project, but Walker says a deal has been reached with the Ho-Chunk Nation. Its terms have not been disclosed.