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How much is "not an insignificant amount"?

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That, apparently, is what folks around Milwaukee want to know when it comes to building a new sports arena.

The Journal/Sentinel's Don Walker says he talked to area makers and shakers about the effort, and all agree on one thing: no plan will get traction until Senator Herb Kohl tells them how much he's willing to contribute, along with ideas about how to run the new structure and where it should go.

Kohl famously said earlier this year that he'd contribute what he termed "not an insignificant amount" of money toward the cause, but the powers that be apparently want a number attached to that pledge, along with an accompanying financing plan, an organizational flow chart and an "x" on a map, showing where the outgoing Senator wants the new arena to go.

Walker says he doesn't think Kohl will be talking until after he leaves Washington.   Kohl, some think, never wanted to broach the subject when he was still seeking new Senate terms since talk of using public funds for a new sports arena could prove harmful to one's elective prospects.   

The Senator has nothing to run for now, and the Bucks' need for a new venue with enhanced revenue streams is nothing new--the team's been saying it for years.   Surely Kohl has location preferences and a workable clue as to how he wants the new  facility to be run.   Plus, he has to know how much he's willing to pony up.  

Only Kohl knows the definition of "not an insignificant amount."   The sooner he says it out loud, the sooner this process apparently plays out.

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