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Walker's $400 million arena subsidy belies his tightfisted image

CHICAGO Gov. Scott Walker's fiscal conservatism will collide with the reality of sports-team subsidies when he commits Wisconsin taxpayers to pay $400 million for a new basketball arena. At Wednesday's signing, the Republican presidential candidate's message of being a tightfisted taxpayer champion will be weighed against public costs spread over 20 years. The ceremony also may draw attention to the $200,000 that the co-owners of the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks donated to a group backing his campaign. Walker is reaching this intersection of principle and pragmatism as he travels early-primary states to prove his low-tax, small-government mettle in a crowded field of...