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  • STATE CONSIDERS FUNDING OPTIONS FOR NEW BREWERS STADIUM

         Wisconsin state officials are considering funding options
    for the new Brewers stadium and have already declared one option
    "dead on arrival" -- a sales tax increase.  Another
    recommendation being considered is the use of Indian gaming
    revenue, but according to a spokesperson for the governor,
    prospects for that "aren't great."  Gov. Tommy Thompson
    reportedly "doesn't want to expand gambling in the state."
    Although the question of funding still remains, legislation has
    already been drafted for a separate authority -- a Wisconsin
    Stadium District -- "to finance and own" a new $223.5m
    convertible-roof stadium for the Brewers.  Since $180M would have
    to be funded by the public, a sports lottery is being considered
    to help defray the costs (Gilbert and Hanley, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL,
    1/27).  In a separate report, Phil Nero writes that the
    infrastructure bill for the new stadium "is likely to increase"
    to at least $76.5M by "inflation alone" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL,
    1/27).
    

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