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Walker to get involved in Bucks arena talks



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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says he will step into negotiations to finance a new downtown Milwaukee arena for the Bucks.

Walker told reporters Wednesday the intent is to try to get a deal done quickly.

The Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1P8gGMl ) reports Walker said he would be personally involved in the talks Thursday in Milwaukee. He repeated that the city and county needed to play what he called "meaningful roles" in order to get a package that has a chance of legislative passage.

The Republican governor first proposed a $220 million bonding plan in late January to help fund the proposed $500 million arena. Until now he has not participated in face-to-face talks with city, county, legislative leaders and representative of the Bucks. Previously, he had top staffers attend previous arena summit meetings.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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