- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says the bill passed by the state Assembly committing $250 million in taxpayer money toward paying for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena a “good deal all the way around.”

Walker made his comments Tuesday while speaking with reporters at Pat’s King of Steaks, one of two Philadelphia cheesesteak institutions he was visiting.

Walker says he is ready to sign the bill, which passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote. There were 35 Republicans and 17 Democrats in support, with 20 Republicans and 14 Democrats against.

Republican Rep. Dean Knudson voted against the measure. He says government shouldn’t subsidize professional sports facilities.

No one spoke against the measure during the roughly hour-long debate.

Bucks President Pete Feigin and coach Jason Kidd watched debate in the Assembly gallery.

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This story has been updated to correct that Pete Feigin is the Milwaukee Bucks president.


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