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Senate Majority Leader Fitzgerald against planned Kenosha casino

Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau)
Sen. Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Wisconsin Senate's majority leader came out Thursday against a proposed Indian casino at Kenosha. 

In an editorial column, Republican Scott Fitzgerald said his party's job creation policies would do more to help the Kenosha economy than a casino. 

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs recently gave its blessing to an off-reservation gaming house and resort that the Menominee tribe wants to build at the former Dairyland Greyhound Park. 

Governor Scott Walker now has the final approval -- and he says all 11 Wisconsin tribes would have to go along with it. 

The Potawatomi has long opposed it, since a Kenosha casino would cut into the revenues for its lucrative gaming house in Milwaukee. The Ho-Chunk tribe has also objected. 

Fitzgerald said Walker's approval could lead to a proliferation of off-reservation casinos. Beloit and Shullsburg have also been pushing for other tribes' casinos in recent years.  

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