Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
*DISCLAIMER: I was and remain a staunch supporter of the approved sales tax to build Miller Park*
The state Building Commission today voted 7-1 in favor of giving $5 million over 10 years to pay for maintenance at the Bradley Center, the home of the Milwaukee Bucks. Governor Doyle says the 21-year old facility has “"significant maintenance issues."
State Senator Ted Kanavas (R- Brookfield) was the only NO vote. Other legislators on the Building Commission who voted in favor were:
Senator Jeff Plale (D-Oak Creek)
Senator Fred Risser (D-Madison)
Representative Gordon Hintz (D-Oshkosh)
Representative Spencer Black (D-Madison)
Representative Dean Kaufert (R-Neenah)
Funding must still be approved by the state Legislature.
I love the Bucks and don’t want them moving out of town the way the old Milwaukee Hawks did. And while I wholeheartedly support the tax for Miller Park (I believe we’ve reaped obvious dividends), the stark reality is that sentiment about public funding for sports complexes has dramatically changed since the wild vote in the state Senate on Miller Park led to the end of my dear friend George Petak’s political career.
I’m not sure the public would be receptive to state tax dollars being used to subsidize sports franchises, let alone the mediocre Milwaukee Bucks. We’re not talkin’ Packers or the national pastime here, folks.
And since we’re talking about the Bucks and the team's famed owner, there is this trivial matter to consider…