Senate Majority Leader says Walker’s plan to help pay for new Bucks arena is “pretty much dead”

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MADISON (AP) — The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Senate says he is looking at alternatives to Governor Scott Walker’s plan to help pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Thursday, March 19th that Walker’s plan calling for issuing $220 million in bonds is “pretty much dead.” Fitzgerald says he is talking with Milwaukee city and county leaders about other options that may or may not include state borrowing.

Fitzgerald says he believes a deal can be reached that doesn’t include state borrowing, but he’ll do “whatever gets the deal done.”

Republicans who control the Legislature have been outspoken in their concerns over having the state borrow as much as Walker wanted to pay for a new arena.

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