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GOP Legislators Defend Foxconn

They offer positive slant to Foxconn executive expressing doubt about 13,000 jobs.

By , Wisconsin Public Radio - Apr 26th, 2019 10:30 am
Foxconn's North American. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Foxconn’s North American. Photo by Jeramey Jannene.

Republican state lawmakers defended Foxconn Technology Group on Thursday amid mixed signals from the manufacturing company about how many jobs it will create in Wisconsin.

Foxconn has said for months that it remains committed to creating up to 13,000 jobs in the state, despite confirmed plans to change what it manufactures at its southeastern Wisconsin plant.

However, a tweet from Alan Yeung, director of U.S. Strategic Initiatives for Foxconn, has some questioning that commitment.


The state’s contract with Foxconn expires in 2032.

The company did not immediately return a request for comment about Yeung’s tweet.

Speaking with reporters at a WisPolitics event in Madison, Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, defended the tweet as benign.

“He’s saying that a lot can happen between now and 2032 — which, we know that to be true,” Nygren said.

Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, who co-chairs the state Legislature’s budget committee with Nygren, said taxpayers shouldn’t be concerned about Foxconn’s commitment.

“I don’t see Foxconn totally failing,” Darling said. “That’s not their MO.”

Darling pointed out Foxconn’s contract with the state include job creation benchmarks for receiving state money.

“I know there’s been a lot of political talk about it, but it has be a ‘pay as you grow’ — they don’t get paid unless they grow jobs,” she said.

Yeung’s tweet came as leadership at Foxconn appears to be in flux. The company’s CEO, Terry Gou, announced last week that he will run for the president of Taiwan, spurring more headlines about the company and his personal life.

Gov. Tony Evers has said the state should re-evaluate its contract with Foxconn, in light of the changes to its planned product line in Wisconsin. He has also said he doesn’t believe Gou’s budding political career will affect the state’s relationship with the company.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, has said lawmakers will not approve any major changes to the state’s $4 billion incentive package for the tech giant.

Listen to the WPR report here.

GOP Lawmakers Defend Foxconn Amid Mixed Signals About Job Creation was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.

2 thoughts on “GOP Legislators Defend Foxconn”

  1. Alan Bartelme says:

    Why does the GOP never mention all the money paid up front by the Village of Mount Pleasant, Racine County, Racine Water Utility, the DOT, and We Energies ratepayers for the Foxconn project? That’s money that’s spent now, and won’t get paid back if Foxconn bails. Plus all the residents evicted for the site – will they be given their property back if Foxconn doesn’t need it, or even allowed to buy it for what they sold it for?

  2. Barb- West Bend says:

    Wisconsin’s Foxconn Folly…the “eighth wonder of the world.” I wonder why Scott Walker and the Republicans were so willing to give the most government welfare to a company that is well known for not delivering. Foxconn has already changed their plans, and they will never deliver 13,000 family supporting jobs for semi-skilled workers. Meanwhile, Mount Pleasant is going deeper in debt to prepare for a BIG foot-print factory that will never be built.

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