Reaction continues to come in from the announcement by Foxconn that it is shifting its focus in Wisconsin.
First the company promised 13,000 manufacturing jobs. Then it was research. Now, perhaps, it’s back to manufacturing, again, after apparently a conversation between Donald Trump and the company
Foxconn said after productive discussions with the White House, and a personal conversation between Trump and Foxconn chairman Terry Gou, it plans to proceed with the smaller manufacturing facility.
Many have stated Foxconn is already breaking promises.
“I’m concerned about the locals who have put a lot of investments into the Foxconn project,” Billings said. “This is taxpayer dollar investments. So, whether or not we supported this in the beginning, I think we need to work to make the best deal that we can out of this.”
Representative Jill Billings says the state will have to just have to get what it can from the company.
“It’s not surprising, if you look at the history of Foxconn, unfortunately, where we had concerns that this was going to be a sure bet,” Billings said. “As long as they’re still there, still invested, we have to see how we can make this work for taxpayers.”
Billings also added that telling the other side “I told you so,” isn’t helpful at this point.
Wisconsin state and local governments promised roughly $4.5 billion to Foxconn — the largest incentive in state history and the biggest pledged by a state to a foreign corporation in U.S. history.
Foxconn was required to invest $10 billion and create 13,000 jobs to get the full incentives.