When Milwaukee’s newest sports arena opened last month, Gov. Scott Walker promised that state taxpayers would earn a rich return — of nearly 3 to 1 — on their investment in the $524 million Fiserv Forum, where NBA games will be played. But AP News checks Walker’s numbers and math and comes to a different conclusion.
The Associated Press has reported that retaliatory tariffs from China and other countries will affect $27 billion in U.S. exports, but while some Wisconsin ports are seeing the impacts of tariffs, others aren’t. Milwaukee’s is one that is noticing changes. > Urban Milwaukee
Harley-Davidson, Inc.’s 115th anniversary celebration this week comes at a politically tricky time for the company, which has come under public criticism from President Donald Trump for planning to move some production overseas. > Wisconsin Public Radio
Vice President Mike Pence gave Republican U.S. Senate candidate Leah Vukmir a big fundraising boost and a strong endorsement during a visit to Milwaukee Thursday. It was the first high-profile event of Vukmir’s general election campaign after she won the GOP primary against Kevin Nicholson. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Gov. Scott Walker held giant scissors to cut a ribbon marking the end of construction on the Zoo Interchange, a massive project that caused headaches in Milwaukee for years. But Democrats and a transportation advocacy group say the Zoo project is unfinished, with Walker failing to fully address it over his two terms in office. > FOX 6 Milwaukee
As Milwaukee competes with Houston and Miami in bids to host the 2020 Democratic National Convention, the city’s ability to accommodate roughly 50,000 attendees will be examined by the search committee this week. Wisconsin’s “purple state” status is also a factor, according to the head of the search committee. > Wisconsin Public Radio
U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin announced Friday the support from more than 100 business leaders, including Milwaukee philanthropists Sheldon and Marianne Lubar; Alex Lasry, an executive vice president with the Milwaukee Bucks; and MillerCoors for her Senate work on behalf of the beer industry. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel