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Wisconsin Governor and legislative leaders need to work together to fix Foxconn

Scott Robert Shaw



It has become abundantly clear that the deal the state of Wisconsin signed with Foxconn isn’t going to turn out like planned. Foxconn promised 13,000 jobs and a 20 million square foot plant. Two years later, the number of people hired is only in the hundreds, and the size of the plant has been scaled back to 1/20th of the initial plans. But still some legislative leaders don’t think the contract needs to be amended to reflect the new reality. Governor Tony Evers has called for re-negotiating the deal with Foxconn in light of the company’s struggles to fulfill its promises to Wisconsin taxpayers. But Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is throwing up a roadblock to that idea, claiming the deal doesn’t  need to be redone. That is despite the fact we’ve learned that the current contract would allow Foxconn to receive tax credits from the state of Wisconsin even for creating jobs outside of the state’s boundaries. We still don’t even know what they are going to make at the plant when it is finally built. But we do know it isn’t what they promised when they signed the contract. The deal should be redone to reflect reality. And that can only happen if our Governor and legislative leaders are on the same page.

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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