Forest County Potawatomi Compact Approved

By: Carrie Hutton
By: Carrie Hutton

The tribe's average annual payment will be more than five times their current payment of $6.375 million per year in exchange for expansion of casino games, higher betting limits and less regulation on hours.

For some lawmakers like Representative Jerry Petrowski, the compact still doesn't contribute enough revenue back to the state. He says Wisconsin shouldn't settle for a fixed six percent cut of casino profits when states like Connecticut are getting more than 24 percent.

In the agreement between Gov. Doyle and the Forest County Potawatomi, the state receives $40.5 million in 2003 and $43.6 million in 2004.

The compact now provides for $90 million in payments during the next 27 months to assist the state of Wisconsin relieve its $3.2 billion budget deficit.

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