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Walker says Bucks arena deal won't include higher taxes

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PORTAGE, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says allowing local taxes set to expire in Milwaukee County to continue and be used to help pay for a $500 million new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks is not a tax increase.

Walker commented Thursday following a ground breaking in Portage about the ongoing negotiations to finance a new arena for the NBA team to keep it in Milwaukee.

Walker says he thinks an agreement is close and he's hopeful to have it announced by the end of the week.

Walker says whatever final deal is reached will not raise taxes statewide and whether to increase them in Milwaukee County will be up to local officials. He says no new tax is being discussed, and he doesn't consider extending an existing tax as an increase.

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