Summary: For years, a Wisconsin Indian tribe has tried to open a new casino hundreds of miles from its reservation. The controversy over the casino has encouraged the tribe to cut deals with labor bosses in which the unions trade their political support for the tribe’s agreement to help coerce casino workers into joining unions. Now Gov. Walker must decide whether to approve the proposed casino.
Indian casinos make fertile ground for controversy. They mix identity politics involving a long-oppressed group with heavy government regulation, which leads to wheeling and dealing, favoritism and corruption, and Indian casinos also add in the gambling industry, labor unions, and other elements often considered shady.
In Wisconsin, Republican Gov. Scott Walker must now choose whether to approve a new casino in Kenosha that would be owned by the Menominee tribe of Wisconsin and managed by Hard Rock International, a company owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Continue reading
September 20, 2013
Governor Scott Walker
P.O. Box 7863
Madison, WI 53707-7863
Dear Governor Walker:
We are writing to thank you for putting forward family and job friendly criteria for evaluating Indian gaming operations in Wisconsin. While we understand that media elites and liberals in Washington are trying to get you to change your mind about the principled stand you’ve outlined, we want you to know that we stand with you.
Wisconsin has 24 casinos – more than there are in Illinois, Michigan, Iowa and Minnesota. In the case of Illinois – that state has double the population but less than half the number of casinos.
The proposed new casino in Wisconsin is bad for taxpayers, job seekers and families. In addition to the adverse impact the Menominee Tribe’s proposed facility would have on the community, it is planned as a union facility. Continue reading