MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Senate’s top Republican said Thursday that he wants to know when the jobs Taiwanese electronics maker Foxconn has promised to create in the state will materialize, as his caucus ponders whether to approve an incentive plan for the company.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said he doesn’t know if he has the votes to pass the package and has outlined a number of concerns with the proposal over the last few days. He added another one Thursday, telling the regionally syndicated conservative talk radio program “The Jerry Bader Show” that’s there’s no timeline for when jobs will actually appear.
“The one thing we’re still trying to get a handle on, say we go through all these hoops … but then the jobs don’t show up,” he said. “There’s no timeline for job creation and that’s got a lot of people nervous. I think (a timeline is a) prudent and a smart thing to have in place. We’d like a relationship where we can predict when will the jobs be created and how quickly.”
President Donald Trump announced last month that Foxconn decided to build a plant in southeastern Wisconsin. The company has said the facility could eventually employ up to 13,000 people.
Gov. Scott Walker has introduced a bill that would lay out $3 billion in tax breaks for Foxconn, including up to $1.5 billion in payroll tax credits and up to $1.35 billion in tax credits on expenditures for fixed assets such as land and buildings. Walker’s campaign sent out an email Thursday promising Foxconn will bring “tens of…
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