What will Walker win mean for Milwaukee?
So whether you voted for him or not, what does Scott Walker's re-election mean for Milwaukee? After his inauguration in January, one of the first things on his to-do list will be a decision on the proposed Kenosha casino.
The Potowatomi Tribe has repeatedly said they oppose this casino in Kenosha, and Governor Walker has said repeatedly that he won't allow a new casino unless all the other Wisconsin Native American tribes consent. Still, Representative Samantha Kerkman, 61st-district Republican, is confident a new Kenosha casino will be built. \"When Hard Rock came in, that was a game-changer,\" Kerkman said, \"85, 90-percent (he approves), there is a small chance he'll say no.\"
The clock is also winding down on a new Bucks arena. On the campaign trail, Walker said that he does not support any sales tax or new taxes to fund the new arena. Still, Walker hinted in the final debate against Mary Burke on October 17 that he is open to finding creative ways to raise money, like diverting the tax money paid to the state by home and visiting NBA players and using that to help funding.
And the minimum wage has been a hot-button issue in Milwaukee, sparking several protests last fall, and a lawsuit from a labor group. On election day, voters across Wisconsin were decisive in their support to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10/hour. According to Citizen Action of Wisconsin, three advisory referenda in southeast Wisconsin to raise the minimum wage were popular.
Milwaukee County 67% 33%
Racine, City of 74% 26%
Kenosha County 63% 37%But Governor Walker was very clear in a debate versus challenger Mary Burke on October 10, he doesn't think a minimum wage serves a purpose, and wants to focus on providing higher-paying jobs to job-seekers.