Greg Humphrey, former Democrat(ic) assembly aide, resident of Madison’s Isthmus writes:
I was not surprised about the negative comments which came from some members in my party. To hear some of my fellow Democrats snort over the Foxconn deal makes me wonder how hard they want to be in the majority again in this state? After all, packaging state resources into a powerful program to create jobs over a wide array of communities is the smartest thing to have emerged from our statehouse in a very long time. And my party needs to get on board this plan and provide hearty support.
The effort to land large and economically healthy businesses within our state is a most competitive undertaking. Multiple states vied for the technology giant Foxconn, each offering incentive plans which included tax deals to sweeten the pot. That is the reality of how public and private interests now need to work to ensure great strides are made for economic development. While I have long been supportive of such undertakings, I readily admit my surprise when Lo and Behold Wisconsin landed this deal.
And not just any deal, either. The Foxconn development plan would be the largest green-field investment by a foreign-based company in our nation’s history.
With a $10 billion investment by Foxconn which will directly stimulate 13,000 jobs, with a large number of spin-off developments and jobs, means this is the powerhouse proposal Wisconsin needs. While there are always hurdles and bumps in such planning the attempts by some to…
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