Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is reportedly still working to find enough votes needed for passage of a new Milwaukee Bucks arena, though a vote could still happen on Wednesday if caucuses from both parties on Tuesday afternoon yield the requisite 17 votes in the 33-member Senate. If the proposal receives Senate approval, it would then move on to the Assembly.
Fitzgerald told reporters on Tuesday that he's "not going to the floor without the votes," a condition that he hoped to have clarified by the time separate meetings among Democrats and Republicans conclude on Tuesday afternoon.
Latest news and notes:
- Save Our Bucks has key info for anyone looking to contact their legislators as part of the final push before this week's anticipated Senate vote. Let them know what you think!
- Sen. Chris Larson has a Facebook poll asking for input regarding the arena and a potential ticket surcharge. If changes are made to the existing arena package, the addition of a surcharge would seem the most likely to gain bipartisan support.
- Milwaukee Democrat Lena Taylor has questioned the Wisconsin Center District's involvement in the project, but tweeted out a more optimistic tone on Monday night. Considering their district has the most to gain from an arena package, it's difficult to see any deal getting done without support from some combination of Taylor and fellow Milwaukee Democrats Nikiya Dodd Harris, Chris Larson and Tim Carpenter. Carpenter has been the most critical of the arena proposal to date.
EXCITED with the progress I've made on the arena deal! 1st meeting at the table with a deal that's a win-win-win-win! Will update u tomorrow
— Sen. Lena C. Taylor (@SenTaylor) July 13, 2015
MKE's @SenChrisLarson says he's hopeful Republicans and Dems can figure out changes to plan, and he can announce his support later today.
— David Ade (@DavidAdeCBS58) July 14, 2015