Wisconsin: Foxconn Recruits Chinese Workers for Taxpayer-Subsidized Factory

HeadlineNov 07, 2018

And in Wisconsin, where Republican Governor Scott Walker was defeated Tuesday in his bid for a third term in office, the Wall Street Journal reports the high-tech manufacturer Foxconn is seeking to bring in workers from China to help run a factory under construction near the city of Racine. Governor Walker backed a plan—with the support of House Speaker Paul Ryan and President Trump—to provide $3 billion in tax credits to Foxconn, claiming the taxpayer money would provide thousands of new jobs while renovating Wisconsin’s economy. But Foxconn has scaled back its plans, now saying it will hire just 3,000 workers in the short term—most of them in engineering positions, rather than the 13,000 manufacturing jobs Governor Walker had promised. And the size of the taxpayer subsidy has steadily increased to $4.1 billion. During two terms in office, Governor Scott Walker was known for aggressively busting unions and for his close ties to right-wing dark money groups.

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