MADISON – Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers gave approval Wednesday for the Ho-Chunk Nation to build a $405 million casino in Beloit, clearing one of the Wisconsin tribe’s major hurdles for the long-sought project.
Last year the administration of then-President Donald Trump approved the project. The Democratic governor announced Wednesday he was siding with that decision, allowing it to move forward.
Wisconsin governors have sole say on casino projects, and Republicans who control the Legislature don’t have an easy way to block them if they oppose them.
The complex just west of Interstate 39/90 would feature a casino, convention center, 300-room hotel and 40,000-square-foot indoor water park on 73 acres, according to the tribe and government officials. It would create 1,500 permanent jobs and 2,000 construction jobs.
While I understand the social ills from gambling, that ship has sailed. Our country is saturated with gambling establishments – both brick and mortar and online. Wisconsin might as well benefit from the jobs and economic benefits.
I will reiterate, again, that Wisconsin needs to abandon it’s racist gambling laws. Right now, only the Native American Tribes are permitted to open casinos. If we are going to have casinos all over the state, why can’t Wisconsinites of other races and ethnicities operate casinos too? We already have gambling in Wisconsin. Let’s let any Wisconsinite reap the benefits instead of just the costs.