Foxconn Qualifies For $29 Million Tax Credits
Project meets benchmarks for state aid for first time since 2018.
For the first time since the company broke ground in Wisconsin in 2018, Foxconn has qualified for state tax credits. The Taiwan-based electronics company secured nearly $30 million in state aid, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation verified Wednesday.
The company met job creation and investment benchmarks needed to qualify, creating 579 eligible jobs and making a capital investment of $266 million at the Racine County facility last year. That means the company is eligible to receive more than $2 million in job credits and nearly $27 million in capital investment credits.
In 2017, then-Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican, and Foxconn made a deal for nearly $3 billion if the company hired 13,000 workers. The deal was significantly scaled back in April of this year, with the new contract offering Foxconn $80 million in tax breaks in exchange for 1,454 jobs by 2024.
“With the current work environment, it’s crucial we highlight and focus on the businesses that want to participate in Wisconsin’s economy,” he said.
Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz, D-Oshkosh, said the renegotiated deal “reflects the more realistic performance by Foxconn” and “protects the public and saves them from the boondoggle deal that was originally passed.”
Nevertheless, it’s still unclear exactly what the hundreds of new workers are doing, Hintz said.
Critics of the renegotiated deal say it’s money the state didn’t have to spend. Michael Farren, a research fellow at George Mason University who has studied Foxconn, said economic development subsidies like Foxconn’s are a “perpetual race to the bottom,” and don’t work to sway companies to locate or expand in particular locations.
“Foxconn is just kind of the poster child for how low the bottom can go,” he said. “The state doubled down on its deal with Foxconn, putting it on the hook for providing an extra $80 million in subsidies and is now going to have to pay out at least $29 million.”
Foxconn qualifies for nearly $30M in tax credits was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.
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