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Brewers bailout heating up



Just like baseball’s pennant race, efforts to keep the Milwaukee Brewers in Wisconsin is also heating up. The Brewers want state help in renovating and maintaining their ballpark, American Family Field. The team suggests it could move from Milwaukee if the state doesn’t pitch in to help pay for stadium improvements. Governor Evers had proposed using $290 million of the state’s surplus to help the team, but that was rejected by the Legislature. This week Assembly Republicans will release their version of a Brewers stadium maintenance fund. Unlike the Governor’s plan, the GOP plan would not use money from the state’s surplus to pay for improvements, but instead would rely on revenue from a tax collected on player’s salaries and sales tax revenue on things like concessions at the game. The devil is in the details, but that sounds like a more creative, and more fair way to get a commitment from the team to remain in Milwaukee beyond 2030. Still, it may be a tough sell. A new poll shows 56% of Milwaukee County residents oppose using tax dollars to support the Brewers and only 26% said they would be more supportive even if it meant the Brewers would leave Milwaukee. The Brewers are an asset to Wisconsin, but there are about 300 million reasons for taxpayers to say enough is enough.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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  1. Mike Sladky

    September 12, 2023 at 8:36 am

    Hey Brewers, Don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

  2. david greener

    September 14, 2023 at 5:06 am

    The Brewers and others reporting on this are not presenting the full picture. The Brewers only own about 30% of the stadium the remaining portion is county owned shared among several counties around Milwaukee . Im not a baseball fan but the Brewers should only be responsible for their 30%.

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