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Foxconn deal should reflect reality

Scott Robert Shaw

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Sometimes, when things aren’t perfectly clear, you need to trust what you see with your own eyes. Which is not the same as seeing what you want to see. Our elected officials in Madison are taking markedly different views of Wisconsin’s deal with the Foxconn Technology Group and its plans to build a big plant and employ lots of people. The company initially said it would build a $10 billion plant, and employ 13,000 people. It is possible that could still happen, but it seems unlikely. Foxconn has already admitted it will build a smaller plant than first planned. The company’s annual job goals have repeatedly fallen short. So Governor  Tony Evers has suggested the state revisit the Foxconn contract. That makes sense, given the company’s plans have changed. But House Speaker Robin Vos is accusing the Governor of trying to undermine the Foxconn deal, saying Evers is rooting for the failure of the company. Why would he want that? This is the largest deal with private developers in state history. We simply need to make sure that the state, and its taxpayers, are to get what we were promised. The contract should reflect reality, not what we hope will happen.

Scott Robert Shaw serves as WIZM Program Director and News Director, and delivers the morning news on WKTY, Z-93 and 95.7 The Rock. Scott has been at Mid-West Family La Crosse since 1989, and authors Wisconsin's only daily radio editorial, "As I See It" heard on WIZM each weekday morning and afternoon.

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