Four Democrats and two Republicans broke with the majorities of their parties in the Wisconsin Assembly vote over a $3 billion incentive package for Foxconn Technology Group.
The Assembly passed the bill Thursday on a 64-31 vote, sending it to Gov. Scott Walker. The bill was passed to entice Foxconn to build a massive flat-screen display factory in southeast Wisconsin.
Three Democrats from that region voted for the bill. They are Democratic Minority Leader Peter Barca, Cory Mason, of Racine, and Tod Ohnstad, of Kenosha. They were joined by Democratic Rep. Jason Fields, of Milwaukee.
Republicans who joined Democrats in voting against it were Rep. Adam Jarchow, of Balsam Lake, and Todd Novak, of Dodgeville.
Foxconn plans to invest up to $10 billion to build a flat-screen production factory in Wisconsin that would initially employ 3,000 but the company said could grow to 13,000. The proposed subsidy would be the largest ever from a U.S. state to a foreign company and 10 times bigger than anything Wisconsin has extended to a private business.
Walker says he looks forward to signing the bill quickly.
Walker negotiated the deal with Foxconn for it to build a flat-screen display factory in the state. Foxconn says it could invest up to $10 billion and employ 13,000 people at the facility, which would be the first of its kind outside of Asia.
Following the vote, Foxconn released a statement regarding the actions by legislators:
“We thank lawmakers in Madison for their vote of confidence. Their support will help us move forward with our plans to build the state-of-the-art advanced display manufacturing campus in Southeastern Wisconsin and make use of the extensive supply chain in the state. We are excited to see Governor Scott Walker sign the bill to cement this partnership and we are eager to work with the people of Wisconsin to make it a center of worldwide high-tech manufacturing.”
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