Governor Evers Trying to Upend Foxconn Deal
On Wednesday, Governor Evers announced that because he didn’t believe Foxconn would create 13,000 jobs, he was going to renegotiate the Foxconn contract with the state.
Unfortunately, Governor Evers has tried to drive Foxconn out of Wisconsin repeatedly in his first 100 days. First, he said he didn’t like the Foxconn deal, but would respect it. This led to Foxconn reaffirming their commitment to Wisconsin. Then Evers ordered his DNR to re-review Foxconn’s air permits. When his political appointees re-approved those permits, Evers ordered a re-review of the water permits. When those were re-approved, Foxconn showed its commitment to Wisconsin by buying a building that you can see from Evers’ office. Now, he wants to change the pay-for-performance contract that protects taxpayers and local governments.
Governor Evers has proposed eliminating Wisconsin’s right-to-work laws, and tried to increase taxes on manufacturers like Foxconn and Haribo. It’s apparent he’s trying to make Wisconsin as unfriendly for business as possible.
Foxconn gets nothing from the state if it doesn’t perform to its contractual obligations. That was the case last year, when Foxconn fell short of meeting hiring guidelines. There’s no need to change the contract. Governor Evers can only make the contract worse for taxpayers or drive direct and indirect Foxconn jobs out of Wisconsin.
Our local communities are doing a great job of working together to prepare for Foxconn. Our schools are preparing students for the workforce that will be needed. Governor Evers should sit back and take the win that is coming.