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A contrast in development plans in Wisconsin



Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A  sitting President comes to Racine, Wisconsin with the promise of a huge new development and thousands of new jobs. Only this time it’s for real. It was six years ago when then-President Donald Trump stuck a golden shovel in the ground of what we were told would be a Foxconn facility that would make flat-screen tv’s and would employ 10,000 people. Trump called the project the 8th wonder of the world. The problem is, it wasn’t so wondrous. Six years later, nothing has been produced at the Foxconn plant and only hundreds, not thousands, are employed there. Finally, things will start happening at the facility, but it won’t be by Foxconn. Foxconn sold much of the property to Microsoft, which says it will become a data center employing as many as 2000 people. President Joe Biden stopped there yesterday to hail the new deal. Unlike its predecessor, Microsoft says it plans to under-promise and over-deliver. That would be a refreshing change from Foxconn’s ways. This is a nail in the coffin for Foxconn’s plans in Wisconsin, but at least people will finally be employed there, even if it will never become the 8th wonder of the world.

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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  1. John Q Public

    May 9, 2024 at 5:32 am

    Well it would be nice if you written why Foxconn did happen, and if you think for one minute the blithering idiot Biden will deliver well its not going to happen either its a political stunt snother lie told by Biden every time he opens his mouth.

  2. Greg Symons

    May 9, 2024 at 5:42 am

    Though Foxconn never became what it was supposed to be. It seems unlikely that Microsoft never would have come to Wisconsin if Foxconn hadn’t paved the way.

  3. Thomas Lane

    May 9, 2024 at 7:08 am

    Idiot child biden is blaming Trunp for what Foxconn did….standard operating procedure for this “administration”. Just remember this: The Chinese let the WuHan flu out to crash the world economy just about the time all of this was supposed to happen. They don’t want people to look too closely at the time line.

  4. nick

    May 9, 2024 at 7:49 am

    Remember this Microsoft would not come if it was not in their best interest.
    Did give away taxpayer money , LYING,DICTATOR JOE promise anything?

  5. Walden

    May 9, 2024 at 9:14 am

    Contrast: Foxconn was largely motivated by millions in tax credits given by Gov Walker. No development…no tax credits…little risk to taxpayers.

    Microsoft: Project paid for with Billions of dollars of transfer payments from taxpayers (us) to them. A direct bribe.

    I love the nonsensical line “…Biden comes to Wisconsin with a promise…Only this time its for real…”

    Biden’s promises are always real; to him that is. Uncle Brosey would approve.

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