State Budget Public Hearing
Before the state budget goes to vote in April, the state holds public hearings to give the public an opportunity to comment, support or oppose parts of the state budget. There will be four such hearings coming up and we will be focusing on the one in the Milwaukee area at Alverno College, next Friday, March 20th at 10am. If you live outside the Milwaukee area and are able to attend a different hearing, we encourage you to attend and show your support for the Arena Funding Plan to support a new arena in Milwaukee.
We will be arriving before 10:00am on Friday, March 20th, and they are expected to deal with the New Arena Funding Plan of the state budget early so you will likely need to only stay an hour or so. We encourage supporters to wear Bucks gear, SaveOurBucks shirts or we will have PlayItForward shirts available to show your support.
For more information or to let us know if you are coming, please check out our Facebook page for the event at this link:
Here is the information on all the public hearings. Spread the word and show your elected officials there is support for the Walker Arena Funding Plan!
MADISON – The co-chairs of the state’s budget-writing Joint Committee on Finance, State Senator Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) and State Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette), are announcing four public hearings on Governor Walker’s 2015-17 budget proposal:
THIS IS THE ONE THAT WE HOPE TO HAVE BUCKS SUPPORTERS AT:
Friday, March 20 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
3400 South 43rd Street
Milwaukee, WI 53234
OTHER HEARINGS AROUND THE STATE
Wednesday, March 18 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Brillion High School
Endries Performing Arts Center
W1101 County Road HR
Brillion, WI 54110Monday, March 23 (10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
University of Wisconsin-Barron County
Fine Arts Theatre
1800 College Drive
Rice Lake, WI 54868
Thursday, March 26 (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
Reedsburg High School
CAL Center Auditorium
1100 South Albert Avenue
Reedsburg, WI 53959
Why this website?
November 2014 Editors Note: As SaveOurBucks.com approaches its one-year anniversary, please view certain elements of this website as archival ones. Something that reflects the state of the franchise as it was situated back on November 18, 2013 when the site was launched. Obviously great things have happened for Bucks fans since last April and we hope it culminates with a new arena in the next few years.
For those of you interested in keeping up with our current articles on the team and new arena discussion, you can access those by clicking on the “Recent Articles” tab at the top of the site. We’ve got real-time commentary on a number of topics. You can also keep up with publication of new articles by either following us on Twitter at @SaveOurBucks or our Facebook page SaveOurBucks. For those that want to explore that former state of the franchise – read on!
We love the Milwaukee Bucks. They have been an important part of the sports and entertainment scene in Wisconsin for over 40 years. However there are pressures on the team for additional revenue sources that will necessitate the construction of a new arena in the coming years to help secure the future of the franchise in Milwaukee. In his recent visit to Milwaukee, incoming NBA commissioner Adam Silver noted that the league will not allow the Bucks to remain in the Bradley Center past 2017. Senator Kohl and the Milwaukee community must step up to find a solution to this issue.
However, the solution of a new arena will be a tough sell for the politicians and business community until such point as the Bucks become relevant once again to the local sports scene. Unfortunately over the past decade the product on the court has been uninspiring and the result has been public apathy as to the future of the team. As the 2013 season kicked off, once again thousands of empty seats dotted the Bradley Center. Opening night for the Bucks used to be a major event and sellouts or near sellouts were commonplace. This year? After the Bucks announced that the new playing court would not be ready for the home opener the team ran a promotion whereby anyone who purchased an upper deck ticket to the season opener were also granted free tickets to every subsequent Bucks home game until the new floor can be reinstalled later this month. As with the Brewers in the 1990’s and early 2000’s, the team can’t give away the product.
In order for the Bucks to regain their footing with the fans and the community they need to drastically improve the product on the court. As we have seen with the Packers in 1992 and the Brewers in 2004 moribund franchises can be turned around quickly. The Bucks can be a successful small market franchise both on the court and financially.
With this website, we address the following critical topics relating to the Bucks :
- How bad have the Bucks been recently?
- The problem isn’t the small market
- Why are we in this mess?
- How can the Bucks regain the prominence they had in the 1980’s?
- The Importance of a Top 5 pick
- Why is a top five pick in the 2014 draft essential to the Bucks Future in Milwaukee?
We encourage you to read each link above in chronological order. However, if you only have a few minutes, please at least read the Executive Summary.
We also encourage you to stop back to this website from time to time. We plan on having a regular feature where we will offer updates and commentary on developments surrounding the team and the discussion of a new arena.