- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 8, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Senate’s Republican leader says a deal to commit public dollars to a new $500 million arena for the Milwaukee Bucks could still include a ticket surcharge.

Republicans have crafted a bill that would devote $250 million to the arena through a mix of state and local tax dollars over the next 20 years. The Bucks owners would contribute $150 million and former owner Herb Kohl would contribute $100 million.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told WTMJ-AM radio host Charlie Sykes on Wednesday that he doesn’t know if he has the votes to pass the bill. He said the deal could still include a ticket surcharge. He didn’t elaborate.

He said he has told his members to keep their calendars open for a possible floor session next week.

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