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ASSEMBLY PASSES BREWERS STADIUM PLAN IN WEE MORNING HOURS
Published September 28, 1995
The WI Assembly approved the stadium financing plan for the Brewers early this morning, 52-47, according to Amy Rinard of the MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL. The bill now goes to the Senate for a vote expected next week. Thompson admin. official James Klauser expected the Senate to pass the bill (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 9/28). ASK AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE: Negotiations between WI Gov. Tommy Thompson's administration and Assembly Democrats "continued late into the evening" yesterday, as proponents continued to seek further support. Minority Leader Walter Kunicki said he received a pledge from Thompson that the governor would not veto certain key changes Democrats had insisted on. The JOURNAL SENTINEL'S Rinard reports "that pledge helped deliver a few more Democratic votes for the bill." Democrats had received concessions from the Thompson administration, including an agreement that Thompson would "not be allowed to appoint" a majority of the members of the stadium district board. Under the compromise, Thompson would name six members, the City of Milwaukee one and there would be one member each from Waukesha, Ozaukee, Washington and Racine counties. Milwaukee County would name two members. With the compromise, Thompson lost one appointment and Milwaukee County gained one. Among other agreements: 1) Language requiring the WI Housing and Economic Development Authority to secure adequate collateral before lending the Brewers $50M; 2) $36M in state money for infrastructure improvements (Amy Rinard, MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 9/28). In a 61-38 vote, it was decided that that Racine County would stay in the five-county stadium taxing district (AP/CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 9/28).