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     With the defeat this week of a sports lottery to help fund a
new stadium in Milwaukee, the Brewers are now left with a
"handful of alternatives that each carry their own set of
political obstacles."  They are:  A wholesale tax on petroleum
stored in Milwaukee, some temporary local sales tax increase, or
tapping Indian gaming revenue.  Each option was weighed by
various officials this week.  According to Milwaukee County Exec
F. Thomas Ament, a 2-cent-per-gallon petroleum fee on gas stored
in Milwaukee could raise about $20M a year -- "about the cost of
constructing the new baseball stadium."  On the other hand,
officials in surrounding counties have "uniformly rejected" the
idea of a regional sales tax hike.  The use of Indian gaming
revenues, is getting mixed reactions, including an "immediate"
dismissal by a spokesperson for Gov. Tommy Thompson (Gilbert &
     VOTE FALLOUT:  In Milwaukee, Craig Gilbert notes many
reasons for the lottery's "landslide" defeat.  According to
lobbyist/lottery opponent Mike Birkley, "There was a strong anti-
Milwaukee, but not anti-Brewer, sentiment."  But state Sen. Gary
Drzewiecki said "voters were fed up with gambling and fed up with
major-league baseball after the strike" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL
SENTINEL, 4/5).  Brewers Owner Bud Selig feels the team must
continue to work with the community to find a way to finance a
stadium.  Selig:  "In January, the business community announced
an aggressive and significant ticket commitment.  The Brewers
have committed $60 million to $90 million (in rent and other
contributions) toward a new ballpark.  It's important that we now
further this partnership and formulate the right financing
package" (Tom Haudricourt, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 4/5).
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