LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Jon Bumstead, R-Newaygo, issued the following statement Thursday after an announcement that The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians’ Muskegon County casino project has made a significant step toward completion of the project:
“I have been a constant supporter of The Little River Band of Ottawa Indians casino project. The completed project is expected to bring nearly 1,500 high paying, full-time jobs to Muskegon County — jobs that will be a tremendous asset to our community.
“The federal government will issue its final decision on the casino project application after a public comment period. The process then moves to the state of Michigan for concurrence from the governor and action by my colleagues and I in the Legislature.
“The project is expected to not use any taxpayer dollars and upon completion, it is estimated that the casino will generate $15 million in tax revenue for the state and millions more for local governments.
“The project will bring a significant and positive economic impact to Muskegon County if it is approved. There is a wide range of support from members of our local community, and I encourage the governor and my colleagues in the Legislature to support this project if the federal government gives their approval.
“I want to extend my gratitude to President Trump, Interior Secretary Bernhardt and the entire administration for their work on this project, which has spanned several administrations.
“The federal government is expected to announce a public comment period following the publication of the Final Environmental Impact Statement.”