Tuesday, February 10, 2015

DOA's Huebsch on tribe's "Menominee Bucks for Milwaukee Bucks" offer, 'we don't believe you!!!'

Just amazing. The Menominee tribes offer to put up the rest of the money for the Bucks arena, and to cover the Potawatomi's losses and any other costs, exposed Scott Walker's politically convenient decision as just another shrewd calculation on his way to the White House. After all, Iowa conservative warned him not to do it:

Walker isn't even considering the proposal, and no one is buying Mike Huebsch's annoying and disrespectful shrug that the offer isn't believable or that it's a media ploy. Here's WKOW's Greg Neumann's coverage:

jsonline: Just hours after the Menominee tribe floated the idea of paying $220 million to cover the taxpayers' share for a new downtown Milwaukee arena … it would post to cover any potential state losses from the Potawatomi and Ho-Chunk casinos … in exchange for approval of its proposed Kenosha casino, Gov. Scott Walker's administration quickly shot down the offer.

No dice, said Mike Huebsch, Walker's administration secretary. "We're finding out through news releases," Huebsch said in Madison. "When you get to the point that you're negotiating by news release, you realize that there isn't any validity to these offers. On looking at it, I don't believe these are genuine offers that they can fulfill."
What, no meetings, no discussions, no negotiations? So what about the jobs and taxpayer money saved? Iowa presidential primary voters said NO:
Iowa  Conservatives there had urged him to reject the project. From the Menominee point of view, the commitment includes the $220 million toward an arena, a $275 million bond to cover losses, plus the estimated $1.2 billion in Kenosha gaming proceeds the tribe has committed to the state. 

Sen. Van Wanggaard (R-Racine) said if Walker rejected the latest offer on the casino, it would be difficult for him to support Walker's proposed budget that includes bonding for the Bucks. 

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