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Kenosha casino decision could be delayed again

By Charles Benson. CREATED Oct 29, 2013 - UPDATED: Oct 29, 2013

MADISON - It could be another week before a decision is made on a Kenosha casino. Governor Walker says there are a lot of documents to review. He's also thinking about hiring a consulting firm to help sort through all the data. 

Any delay is frustrating for the Potawatomi Casino in Milwaukee. They remain fiercely opposed to a Hard Rock Casino in Kenosha. 
 
The tribe's Attorney General spelled out their concerns during an interview with TODAY'S TMJ4's Charles Benson.  
 
"We have had a long standing positive relationship with the Menominee on any number of issues, on this application we disagree," said Jeff Crawford, Attorney General for the Forest County Potawatomi.
 
Crawford has pored through the Menominee offer and doesn't like what he sees. As the Attorney General for the Potawatomi it's his job to find the devil in the details. 
 
"There is not enough cash in this market. It is saturated, they can't keep their promises." 
 
The Menominee are promising thousands of jobs and millions of dollars to the state by building an $800 million Hard Rock casino with the Florida Seminole Tribe.
 
The Potawatomi believe a Kenosha casino will cannibalize jobs and money in Milwaukee. Some would argue that's what happens in competition.  
 
"From our perspective this is not a free competition," said Crawford. "This is a heavily regulated industry. It is a government to government relations we have with the State of Wisconsin through our compacts."
 
Compacts, or written agreements, the Menominee argue gives the governor the consent he was looking for from all the tribes.
 
Benson: Do you buy that argument?
Crawford: You know that's creative, it's totally false. It has nothing to do with reality.
 
The Menominee agree there would be a minimal impact on jobs and money in Milwaukee for a few years - but they would cover any of those losses and over time - both casinos would grow and benefit as the markets grows.   
 
Click below to watch Benson's extended interview with Crawford:

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