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Milwaukee mayor backs governor’s arena bonding plan

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett and Republican Gov. Scott Walker seldom see eye to eye politically. But when it comes to the governor’s idea for financing a new Milwaukee arena, the mayor is backing Walker’s bonding plan.

Barrett’s support comes as some state legislators say the city and county must step in if Walker’s proposal is to win support in Madison.

The Journal Sentinel reports Mayor Barrett says the level of support from the city will depend on the site that is chosen for the arena. He says there are different costs with different sites. Barrett says the city’s support will not affect the tax levy.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Rep. John Nygren have called for some kind of financial commitment from the city and county before the Legislature would approve a bonding plan.

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