Amidst Belt-Tightening, Gov. Scott Walker Finds $400 Million to Buy NBA Bucks a New Arena

It seems nothing will dampen Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's enthusiasm for building the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks a new arena on $400 million of the taxpayer's dime. Walker, you no doubt recall, has based his presidential run on his skill in championing a series of draconian budget cuts in his home state, cuts conspicuously targeted at the state's public workers and education system—to blow through nearly half a billion dollars on a single sports venue seems at odds with Walker's whole tightening our belts, and by our belts I mean your belts persona. Nobody can quite figure out why Scott Walker is so keen on this thing.


At Wednesday’s signing, the Republican presidential candidate’s message of being a tightfisted taxpayer champion will be weighed against public costs spread over 20 years. The ceremony also may draw attention to the $200,000 that the co-owners of the National Basketball Association’s Milwaukee Bucks donated to a group backing his campaign.

Nope, still stumped.

The governor has friendships among the team’s owners, including some who contributed to his presidential effort. Through a limited-liability corporation registered under his son’s name, Bucks co-owner Jon Hammes on May 27 donated $150,000 to the super political action committee backing Walker, according to state and federal records.

It is a mystery. Walker says Milwaukee needs the new arena because otherwise the Bucks have threatened to leave, and a Milwaukee without the Bucks would be reduced to a snowbound apocalyptic hellscape where the living would envy the dead. But I still can't help feeling we're missing some key reason why Walker might want to really, really do a specific favor for fabulously wealthy people during these first critical months of his long-planned presidential run.

#story_page_post_article

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}

Don't Sit on the Sidelines of History. Join Alternet All Access and Go Ad-Free. Support Honest Journalism.