The Wisconsin state Assembly voted Tuesday to spend $250 million in public funds on a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks, a deal that both Republicans and Democrats lauded as good for the state and city.
No one spoke against the measure, which passed on a bipartisan 52-34 vote as Bucks coach Jason Kidd and team President Peter Feigin watched from the gallery. They made the rounds before and after the roughly hourlong debate, posing for pictures with both lawmakers and members of the public.
The bill, which passed the Senate on a bipartisan 21-10 vote earlier this month, now heads to Gov. Scott Walker for his signature. Walker, a Republican presidential candidate who was campaigning in Philadelphia at the time of the vote, has been working with lawmakers to reach a deal and was expected to sign it.
Walker called it a "good deal all the way around" while speaking with reporters at Pat's King of Steaks, one of two Philadelphia cheesesteak institutions he visited Tuesday.