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Stop Outsourcing Before Expanding Tax Breaks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Wisconsin Senate Democrats, Tony Palese   
Saturday, 12 August 2017 17:18

WalkerAccountability lacking at Walker agency overseeing Foxconn deal.

MADISON – A recent investigative report by WKOW-TV found that Gov. Walker’s jobs agency gave millions in taxpayer dollars to companies that outsourced Wisconsin jobs. Two companies specifically, Plexus Corp. and Eaton Corp., outsourced hundreds of Wisconsin jobs after receiving taxpayer subsidies from the Walker administration.

“Gov. Walker’s dismal jobs record continues to raise questions about his administration’s ability to oversee a $3 billion corporate tax giveaway,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). “Wisconsin families are sick and tired of seeing their tax dollars going to companies that turn around and outsource jobs. If Gov. Walker won’t hold a company responsible for outsourcing hundreds of jobs after receiving state subsidies, how is his administration going to protect taxpayers if a foreign company is awarded $3 billion in state subsidies?”

According to the WKOW report, Plexus Corp. received $6.9 million in enterprise zone tax credits from the Walker administration as well as a $2 million job creation tax credit for its Appleton location, “despite agency records showing no new jobs have been created there since 2011.” The company laid off 116 workers from its Neenah facility and outsourced their jobs in July 2012.

The report went on to detail a $658,929 job creation tax credit awarded to Eaton Corp. for adding 15 jobs since 2011. However, the company “laid off 163 employees at its Cooper Power Systems plant in Pewaukee in April 2013” and moved those jobs to Mexico. In April 2015, the company outsourced an additional 93 jobs to Mexico from its Watertown facility.

Neither of these companies have had their tax breaks revoked by the Walker administration. The WKOW investigation found that the administration has failed to recover nearly one third of all taxpayer subsidies to companies that have violated the terms of their contracts with the state.

In total, more than 11,000 Wisconsin jobs have been outsourced since Gov. Walker took office.

Republicans Rush Amendment to Foxconn Bill PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Saturday, 12 August 2017 04:05

walker-terry-gouThere is little to no time to review these changes before Monday vote.

MADISON – Assembly Democratic Leader Peter Barca released the following statement Friday regarding the Assembly Republican amendment to the proposed Foxconn deal:

peter-barca“It’s remarkable that with a vote scheduled for Monday, we just received the Republican amendment. The legislature and the public will have little to no time to review these changes. It’s clear that Republicans are trying to rush through the process to avoid as much scrutiny as possible. We need strong protections for Wisconsin workers, contractors, and local communities for this deal to work. We also need to know that our environment is protected and that we have strong measures that allow us to get our money back if Foxconn has a change in business plans or is unable to deliver. It’s clear that Republicans are trying to appear proactive without actually fixing the concerns that many people have with this bill.”

The Foxconn Deal is Just Part of a Larger Issue Looming for State Leaders PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dave Hansen, State Senator Dist 30   
Friday, 11 August 2017 01:33

walker-terry-gouBefore we commit $1,200 per family over the next 25 years to Foxconn, we need to consider what constitutes a “job” for the purpose of providing economic development assistance and the impact these new technologies will have on our workforce.

Foxconn Fiscal Analysis Deeply Troubling for Wisconsin Taxpayers PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Assembly Democrats   
Wednesday, 09 August 2017 02:22

foxconnMADISON, WI – State Representative David Crowley (D-Milwaukee) issued the following statement in response to the fiscal analysis released by Wisconsin’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau regarding proposed Foxconn legislation.

david-crowley“I am deeply troubled by the long-term negative fiscal implications that the proposed Foxconn legislation could put the State of Wisconsin in. According to the fiscal analysis release this afternoon by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, even if Foxconn delivered on their promise of creating 13,000 jobs, Wisconsin taxpayers would be on the hook until approximately 2043. Those numbers get even worse if Foxconn does not fulfill their 13,000 job promise, creating a potential situation where our grandchildren could still be paying the company for a deal that was made this year.

“Like all my fellow legislators, I know the importance of creating jobs here for the citizens of Wisconsin. However, I warn that this proposal could end in a reward that does not justify the size of the financial risk. This legislation thus must contain more guarantees concerning labor compensation, more claw back provisions, and a transportation addition to guarantee individuals in Southeastern Wisconsin the ability to get to these jobs. Without these guarantees, this legislation could be too big of a risk for Wisconsin taxpayers.”

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