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MADISON, Wis (WSAU)  - The Wisconsin State Supreme Court upheld Act 10, the state law that limits the collective bargaining rights of state employees. The law from three years ago sparked protests at the state capital and led to the recall attempt against Governor Scott Walker. The court's ruling in favor of Act 10 was 5-2. Justice Michael Gableman wrote the lead opinion, which was also signed by Justices David Prosser, Pat Roggensack and Annette Ziegler. Justice Patrick Crooks concurre...

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Who will pay for a new indoor sports and concert arena in Milwaukee

The Bradley Center in Milwaukee, home of the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bradley Center in Milwaukee, home of the Milwaukee Bucks.

MILWAUKEE, WI (WTAQ) - We don’t know yet who will pay for a proposed new indoor sports-and-concert arena in Milwaukee.

But we do know who won’t be paying for it – the group that manages the Delta Center convention hall, the US Cellular Arena, and the Milwaukee Theatre.

Franklyn Gimbel, who chairs the Wisconsin Center District, said Wednesday that his group does not quote, “have a lot of extra cash either for collaboration for an athletic facility, or building one on our own.”

He said it’s been a disappointing year financially for the center’s facilities.

The district collects taxes on hotel rooms, car rentals, and food-and-beverage sales.

It expects $27-million-this year from those taxes – and it expects to pay $18-million in debt service for its facilities.

There’s no deadline for deciding on a new arena to replace the Bradley Center.

The National Basketball Association would like a decision sometime.

Milwaukee Bucks’ owner Herb Kohl has promised to cover part of the costs.

There’s also been talk that the Miller Park sales tax could be extended, after it pays off the bonds for that stadium.

State approval would be needed for that, and GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he wants nothing to do with it.

Vos represents Racine County, where voters recalled former Senator George Petak for his last-minute support in the 1990’s of the sales tax which built the Brewers’ baseball stadium.