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Milwaukee business groups rally around Bucks arena deal

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Real estate agents, union workers, the Milwaukee Urban League and chambers of commerce are urging the Legislature to quickly approve a financing deal to pay for a new Milwaukee Bucks arena.

Business and community group leaders came together Monday at the Capitol for a news conference to speak in support of the $500 million proposal announced last week.

Gov. Scott Walker and Republican legislative leaders unveiled the deal on Thursday that relies on $250 million from current and former Bucks owners along with $250 million from the public. Legislative leaders have not said whether they have enough votes to approve the plan.

Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce lobbyist Steve Baas says pulling the plan from the state budget would make it more difficult to pass.

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