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MILWAUKEE STADIUM FINANCING ALTERNATIVES GAINS MOMENTUM

      The WI Legislature's search for Brewers stadium
construction money alternatives "gained momentum" when Gov. Tommy
Thompson told northern WI audiences they should favor stadium-
supporting taxes that are imposed only on Milwaukee and Waukesha
counties, according to the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL.
Legislators reportedly were already seeking financing
alternatives before Thompson made his "stick it to 'em" remark
about taxing the two counties.  Thompson later apologized saying
his "choice of words" stemmed from enthusiasm for keeping the
Brewers.  Financing alternatives include:  Expand the 1/10 of 1%
sales tax to two additional counties, Washington and Ozaukee, and
discard the 1% room tax for Milwaukee and Waukesha counties.  2)
An additional cigarette tax of $.05/pack in Milwaukee, Waukesha,
Ozaukee, Washington, Racine and Kenosha counties, and $.02/pack
statewide (AP/MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 9/1).
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