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Assembly Speaker Vos against taxpayer funds for new Bucks arena

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - If the speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly has his way, taxpayers would not spend a dime on a new sports arena in downtown Milwaukee.

There’s been talk that the special sales tax which built the Milwaukee Brewers’ baseball stadium would not expire in 2018 as expected – but instead continue to pay for a downtown arena for the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.

GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos tells the Journal Sentinel he’d be against continuing the one-tenth-percent sales tax – which now includes Vos’s home county of Racine and four others in Metro Milwaukee.

Vos told the paper he’s against using tax dollars that benefit pro sports teams and, “their million dollar salaries.”

Bucks’ owner Herb Kohl says the new arena would house a lot more than the Bucks. He said the Marquette men’s college basketball team would most likely play there.

The Golden Eagles now play in the Bucks’ home building at the Bradley Center along with the Milwaukee Admirals’ pro hockey team and numerous concerts.

NBA officials say Milwaukee will eventually need a new arena, and Kohl – who bought the Bucks in 1985 to keep them from moving to Minneapolis – said he would pay part of the price tag for a new building.