Governor Walker will soon make his decision on the future of the proposed $800 million casino complex in Kenosha. He has set out clear criteria to be met for an approval. However, when weighing all the factors, one stands out as the most significant to me: jobs. The prospect of thousands of new jobs is crucial to Kenosha and Racine counties. I have heard from friends, neighbors, business leaders and local government officials. Racine County residents overwhelmingly support the new casino. My office has received dozens of constituent e-mails and phone calls backing the casino complex in the last few weeks. We have forwarded those contacts to the governor's office. In my numerous conversations with Governor Walker, I have repeatedly expressed the strong and supportive views of Racine County residents. I have tried to make it clear that the new casino would benefit Racine and Kenosha counties greatly.
I look at the casino proposal from several perspectives: as a local legislator and as the Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly.
As a state representative of Racine County, I know all too well that we need jobs; Racine has the highest unemployment rate in the state. I welcome any new business that brings jobs to the area and the casino complex is projected to create 5,000 direct and indirect jobs. Additionally, the Menominee tribe has promised 15 percent of the casino jobs or about 500 jobs to Racine County residents.
As the Speaker of the Wisconsin State Assembly, I also consider what’s best for the entire state. The opponents of the casino have vigorously expressed their disapproval. They question whether the Menominee tribe has met the governor's criteria of no new net gaming and consensus among the tribes. However, there's no question of community support.
While the decision is ultimately the governor's, I hope he will listen to us as we continue to communicate that new jobs in Racine and Kenosha are just as important as jobs created in any other area of our state.
If you have any comments or questions on the Kenosha casino project or any state issue, please give my office a call at (608) 266-9171 or e-mail Rep.Vos@legis.wisconsin.gov.
Thanks for Visiting!
Pictured with Speaker Vos is Chancellor Richard Telfer of UW-Whitewater.
Boy Scout Troop 303 of Burlington visited the state Capitol last Friday. Hope they enjoyed the tour!
Circa Celeste 619 Wisconsin Ave, Racine
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2825 SE Frontage Rd, Mount Pleasant
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615 S Marquette Street, Racine
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Jefferson Lighthouse Elementary School, Racine
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Regency Mall, Racine
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West Marine Building, Racine
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Evergreen Golf Club, Waterford
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