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With Gazette Opinion Editor Greg Peck

What to make of Walker’s casino stance

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Greg Peck
March 7, 2013

How do you explain the stance on new casinos that Gov. Scott Walker took last week? Walker, who supports most anything to foster economic development and job creation, said any of the 11 Wisconsin tribes could veto any off-reservation casino proposal.

The tribes must agree by “consensus,” he said. That, he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, “doesn’t mean 10 ‘yes’ and one ‘no.’ Consensus means everybody says ‘yes.’”

Jon Greendeer, president of the Ho-Chunk Nation, which is trying to build such a casino in Beloit, was miffed.

“I’d like to see how Kwik Trip would respond if BP had to agree to every new Kwik Trip gas station,” he told the Journal Sentinel.

We’ll share our perspectives on this development in our editorial Friday.

Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or gpeck@gazettextra.com. Or follow him on Twitter or Facebook

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