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Menominee Nation Ups The Ante With Bucks Arena Offer

Proposed Deal Would Trade Sports Facility Funding For Casino Reconsideration

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The Menominee Nation has offered to help pay for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena if Gov. Scott Walker reverses course and approves the tribe’s plan for a new casino in Kenosha.

Walker refused to give the project the green light last month. The tribe announced Tuesday that it would contribute $220 million to cover the state’s share of a new Bucks arena if Walker lets the casino go forward.

Walker has called for the state to issue $220 million in bonds to help pay for the new arena drawing the ire of his fellow Republicans. The Bucks’ new owners have promised to contribute $150 million. Former owner Herb Kohl has promised $100 million of his own money.

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A Walker spokeswoman reiterated in an email Tuesday that approving the casino would open the state up to significant litigation from the Forest County Potawatomi.

Department of Administration Sec. Mike Huebsch echoed the sentiment to WPR’s Sean Johnson:

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos opposes Walker’s plan. He called the Menominee’s proposal exciting but said everyone must accept Walker may never reverse his decision.

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