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Wisconsin Lawmakers Meeting On Arena Deal

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin lawmakers are meeting to try to hash out a deal on a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

Republicans have crafted a bill that would devote $250 million to the $500 million project 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.

GOP leaders in the 33-member state Senate hope to take up the bill this week but need a number of minority Democrats to join with them to get to 17 votes.

Democratic senators entered closed meetings late Wednesday morning to discuss the arena but no deal has been announced. GOP leaders say the Senate could come to floor almost immediately if the two parties find common ground.

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