Thursday August 29,2013 : WISCONSIN GOVERNOR STILL AGAINST INTERNET GAMBLING GAMBLING
Governor Walker will not approve land casino expansion if internet gambling is permitted.
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker remains implacably opposed to any legalization of online gambling in his state, and feels so strongly on the issue that he has made it a condition for approving land expansion, according to a report in The Herald newspaper this week.
The Wisconsin Senate president on Wednesday questioned Gov. Walker's criteria for approving a new tribal casino, saying the standards contradict the free market system.
The Republican governor replied that approval hinges on no Internet gambling legalization, community support for any land casino expansion and consensus from all the state's tribes.
The debate centres on an application by one of the state's 11 tribes, the Menominee Nation, to build an $800 million off-reservation casino in Kenosha, which finally won federal approval for the project last week.
Walker, a Republican, has the final say on the tribe's application.
The Herald reports that the Ho-Chunk Nation doesn't support the proposal, contending the casino would be located in their traditional homelands, and the Forest County Potawatomi, a tribe that runs a casino in Milwaukee about 40 miles north of Kenosha, is also opposed.