How about the Waukesha Bucks?

How about the Waukesha Bucks?

By Jeff Wagner. CREATED Feb 9, 2014

The so-called movers and shakers in Milwaukee are about to apply a full court press on the taxpayers of the region.  

Their goal?

To convince residents of southeastern Wisconsin that it is in their interest to pay for a new arena in downtown Milwaukee.

It's pretty clear that the local newspaper has (understandably) decided to carry significant water for this effort.  To this end, a story ran today pointing out that many of the people who attend events at the Bradley Center (or who patronize the Museum) come from outside Milwaukee County.

Some may argue that this means taxpayers of the region should support downtown attractions.  Others would say that people from outside Milwaukee County are already supporting downtown facilities by buying tickets and patronizing nearby local businesses.

It still seems to me that any downtown arena plan that involves a significant amount of support from area taxpayers is a complete non-starter.

I also wonder whether Milwaukee's movers and shakers would be singing a different tune if there was a proposal to locate a new arena in Waukesha county?  Or Ozaukee County?

When it comes to regional cooperation, doesn't it seem like it's always a one-way street?

So, should the new regional task force consider arena options outside of downtown and might that change the dynamics of the discussion? 

We'll discuss the issue during the 1 p.m. hour of Monday's radio program.  Please feel free to share your thoughts in the Comments section - and be sure to check back later to hear a replay of the discussion.

Jeff Wagner

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Jeff Wagner recently completed his 15th year as a talk show host at 620 WTMJ. Jeff's show, which airs Monday through Friday from noon to 3 p.m., features stories which you might not have heard about elsewhere and emphasizes Jeff's common sense approach to issues.