9/4 Senator Grothman Says No New Casinos are Needed

State Senator Glen Grothman issued a statement on Tuesday in which he stands behind Governor Walker for clearly wanting to go slow on the proposed new Menomonee Casino in Kenosha. Grothman feels that the Potawatomi casino in Milwaukee is busy enough already, even before they complete their new hotel. Grothman feels another mega casino less than thirty miles south is not needed. Recently, it was reported the Potawatomi casino takes in over $350 million a year - over $200 per resident in the five county regions. Several years ago an unauthorized memo was distributed claiming that $1 billion was lost statewide in casinos, about $200 per resident.  Predictably, studies show that the type of people who sit and lose money in these mindless slot machines are poorer than average and I'm sure are less financially savvy than most people. The Potawatomi casino is a black hole , not so much as a gas station has sprung up next to the biggest tourist attraction in the Milwaukee area.  It is unknown what else would have happened with these dollars - restaurants, retail outlets, better homes - anything would have been an improvement.   Now people want another mega-casino thirty miles south.  Some of the gamblers will undoubtedly come from Potawatomi’s customers and some will come from Illinois.  But, is there any doubt they will grab well over another $100 million in disposable income from gullible Wisconsin residents? Senator Grothman concluded his release by stating Governor Walker should stay the course of strongly encouraging other types of legitimate businesses in Wisconsin.
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