Another day, another Wisconsin official throwing Milwaukee Bucks arena funding ideas against the wall and watching them fall ineffectually to the ground:
Under [County Executive Chris] Abele’s plan, the current 0.5% tax on food and beverage sales would be increased, with the extra revenue diverted to debt service on a $500 million arena and, down the road, possibly an expanded convention center, the sources said…
Increasing the food and beverage tax faces at least two major hurdles. One is that it would require the approval of the Republican-dominated Legislature, making passage doubtful. The second is that Gov. Scott Walker has repeatedly said he is opposed to any kind of tax increase as a means of funding the $500 million arena.
Yeah, so that ain’t happening, especially not in a month when the state is about to start slashing spending on everything in sight to fill a giant budget hole. In fact, Don Walker’s story on Abele’s plan says it may already have been dropped from arena talks, though he still devotes an awful lot of words to it. Slow news year, I guess.