- Associated Press - Friday, November 14, 2014

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says it won’t be easy to find the public money that the Milwaukee Bucks are seeking to help build a new arena.

The team wants to replace BMO Harris Bradley Center with a new downtown arena that could cost up to $500 million. Vos, a republican from Rochester, says Bucks co-owner Marc Lasry made a mistake by greeting President Barack Obama at the airport last month. He says the appearance is making it harder for him to persuade Republican legislators to support a financial plan for the proposed area.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (https://bit.ly/116mMe7 ) reports the Bucks have already come up with $300 million to fund the project, but it would still require some public funding.

Vos says the Bucks need to convince lawmakers that the arena would boost the local economy.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, https://www.jsonline.com

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