Would Wisconsin Democrats Have Opposed Louisiana Purchase, Too?

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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20 Responses to Would Wisconsin Democrats Have Opposed Louisiana Purchase, Too?

  1. AnonyBob says:

    Foxconn (what a name) doesn’t have the best record for keeping promises or for working conditions. Are suicide nets like they need at their factory in China included in Walker’s package? Not that I expect you to be concerned about Chinese workers, but this is a LOT of corporate welfare…uh, public development money…for the number (3,000? 10,000? 13,000?) of jobs promised. WI taxpayers are the ones paying those decent salaries for 10 years. The Republicans in the Senate want to slow things down, too. What’s wrong with a little due diligence, you fiscal conservatives?


  2. madisonexpat says:

    Dang! Those grapes are sour.
    ABob, cheer up. You’re doubtless counting the minutes to read Hlllary’s forthcoming book, What Happened?
    i imagine your membership in Pantsuit Nation got you a discount.


  3. madisonexpat says:

    OK ABob, I’d spend time on rebutting you but if you can’t discern the difference between tax deferral and corporate welfare there’s no hope for you. How much in payroll taxes will be paid by 10k construction workers and 13k at Foxconn?
    Would my care for Chinese workers be better demonstrated if Foxxconn put this massive investment in Illinois? How so?
    Due diligence was done. That’s how they got the plant in Wisconsin.


    • old baldy says:


      Foxconn isn’t here yet, so don’t start counting chickens. You would know that if you did your due diligence.

      Why doesn’t walker and WEDC support the mom and pop businesses to the tune of $230000 per employee like they are offering to Foxconn?? Talk about corporate welfare….

      A bigger issue is the waiving of state environmental regulations for the project. If you do it for one, then everybody gets a free ride. And it also may be problematic when the Feds step in and take control of permits required under the CAA, CWA, RECRA, etc. Look how that turned out for G-TAC.


  4. coolkevs says:

    “WI taxpayers are the ones paying those decent salaries for 10 years”
    They’ve been paying decent salaries and bennies to government employees for 50+ years, so I fail to see how this is a bad thing.


  5. madisonexpat says:

    Admit it OB, the thought of a buck that government can’t tax is what bothers you. You are a BANANA, build absolutely nothing anywhere near me. No mine, no high tech factory nothing.

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    • old baldy says:

      No splat, that isn’t what bothers me. It is the state giving taxpayer $$ to the tune of $230,000+ per job . The national average incentive for a position is approximately $2500. We should expect and get a good ROI, but right now all the Foxconn deal looks like is big time corporate welfare.


  6. madisonexpat says:

    You still can’t/won’t understand that when you say taxpayer you mean state. It is in citizens pockets since it hasn’t been taxed. The state tells Foxconn, ‘spend your $10B in our state, employ our people, grow our economy bigly, we consider this as great value added to our commonwealth so we won’t tax you for a few years then we will.’
    How the Progs can still complain about this is instructive.
    OB, remember that Obama said manufacturing jobs are never coming back to the midwest?
    Me too.

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    • old baldy says:


      Where did you get that BS about Foxconn spending $10 billion? We the taxpayers ($500+ for every man, woman, and child in WI) are paying for this facility. Foxconn won’t pay for the land, site improvements, property tax, sales tax, AND will get a check back from the state for 15 years. The locals are starting to take a different stance on this because of the waiver of property taxes because the existing property owners will be paying for infrastructure, schools, health and safety.

      You must be happy you moved out of state.


  7. David Blaska says:

    Omigod! Now Soglin wants Foxcomm in Madison!


    • old baldy says:

      Alternative Fact Warning:

      According to the WSJ MadREP approached Soglin with the Project Varsity proposal. Soglin just reacted to it. Dave is pulling a conway.


  8. madisonexpat says:

    A Conway? How do you see Blaska hiring the smartest and most talented woman among many political operatives to find voters no one else saw, mobilize them and elect our president against every bit of conventional wisdom?
    Please explain.


  9. old baldy says:


    Funny Friday, right? Hint: conway really put the term “alternative facts” out in common usage. You can look it up.


  10. madisonexpat says:



  11. old baldy says:

    As we all thought, you are clueless.


  12. madisonexpat says:

    At least I’m coherent.


  13. old baldy says:


    Blaska hired conway?

    “How do you see Blaska hiring the smartest and most talented woman among many political operatives to find voters no one else saw, mobilize them and elect our president against every bit of conventional wisdom?”.

    Please give us all a coherent response. Thanks


  14. old baldy says:

    I’m glad you agree.


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