Looks like there’s trouble in paradise…
Senate President Mike Ellis on Wednesday questioned Gov. Scott Walker’s plans for deciding whether to approve a Kenosha casino, signaling he viewed one of Walker’s standards as anti-free market.
Walker, who now has the lone say on approving the Menominee Indian casino at a former greyhound track, has said he would approve the facility only if there is consensus among the state’s 11 tribes. That appears unlikely, as the Forest County Potawatomi officials fiercely oppose the Kenosha casino because they believe it will interfere with business at their lucrative Milwaukee casino.
“This seems to me to be counter to the concept of free enterprise,” Ellis (R-Neenah) said of Walker’s policy.
He said Walker’s criteria would be like requiring Home Depot to get approval from Menards and other competitors to build a new store. Casinos are no different from any other type of business, Ellis said.
“Are we going to start saying we can only have so many gas stations?” Ellis said. “Are we going to start saying we can only have so many hardware stores?”
Ellis’ comments came a day after Walker said he did not want to play the role of King Solomon and choose between two “well-respected entities” — the Menominee and the Potawatomi.