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#1 LFC

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Posted 22 September 2017 - 09:30 AM

So this is how Republicans are going to bring companies to America, by giving them massively overpriced incentives and ensuring that the law doesn't apply to them. I read elsewhere that it's expected to take 25 years to get the nearly $3B tax breaks paid for. Seriously, what could possibly go wrong with this approach? I wonder if Wisconsin is ready for a new Governor yet.

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But in addition to agreeing to pay Foxconn up to $2.85 billion the bill currently being considered would actually change the state’s legal system specifically for suits tied to Foxconn. Here’s a passage from a new article from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

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The legislation would exempt the Foxconn project from a state environmental impact statement and from some state rules to protect wetlands and waterways. That has raised the possibility that environmental groups may sue over the law and project in the near future.

To head off delays from that potential litigation, GOP lawmakers and Walker added special requirements on the courts system for handling any Foxconn lawsuits.

First, the legislation would expedite appeals of Foxconn-related lawsuits, creating a path that would likely get any case more quickly to the state Supreme Court, where conservatives have a solid majority.

Second, the measure requires higher courts to take appeals of a trial court order in a Foxconn case even if the order is not final. In general, appellate courts have to take appeals of the final judgments and orders made by trial courts but get to decide whether to take appeals of preliminary orders.

Finally, the trial court rulings in that litigation would be automatically stayed until the higher court decided what to do.

When determining how courts will rule, the Legislative Council typically keeps its predictions cautious and that was the case with this latest memo. The analysis noted that it was possible that courts would uphold the Foxconn court provisions.

This provision has generated some resistance on the right and the left. And some believe it may be unconstitutional. I’m not sure how common this is or not. But it goes well beyond mere tax abatements or even the outright cash gifts that Wisconsin appears to be signing on for.

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Posted 28 December 2017 - 11:43 AM

Here's a follow-up on Scott Walker's amazingly bad Republican jobs deal with Foxconn. (Emphasis on "con" though I can't blame them for taking advantage of such a chump.) I swear that these Republican idiots can't count past 11 (well, 10.5) if their shoes are on. Of course they're all science deniers as well so denying math is a pretty tiny step for them.

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As Vice News reported Wednesday, Walker’s record-breaking tax cuts for the Chinese manufacturer is slated to bring 13,000 jobs to Wisconsin — but taxpayers will have to match nearly half of the $9 billion investment on the company’s part.

The laundry list of amenities needed to bring the company known for manufacturing Apple products continues to grow: a brand new $30 million highway, $134 million “siphoned off from other highway projects, to widen already existing roads near the new factory,” $140 million in electric bills (paid for primarily by 5 million Southern Wisconsinites) and a nearly $7 out-of-state ad campaign “to help attract workers” to the plant.

The grand total? Between $4.1 and $4.5 billion, according to the online daily news publication Urban Milwaukee.

“These investments are very likely not the last time the state will be footing the bill for infrastructure improvements designed to cater to the plant,” Vice notes. Walker’s tax break promises the plant that the state will pay “40% of local governments’ expenses for building even more infrastructure.”

At those cost figures the price tag for 13,000 jobs is roughly $315,000 - $346,000 apiece. Wisconsin has a graduated state income tax but we can estimate the effective rate at about 6%. If the jobs average a wage of $50,000 apiece (may be overly generous) that's $3,000 / year. So just wait another century or so and Wisconsin wins!
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Posted 06 September 2019 - 08:57 AM

Another followup because apparently the first product of the new Foxconn factory will be one to displace actual workers

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Foxconn's first job once its factory in Wisconsin is built and operational will be an automated coffee robot for mall kiosks, airports (probably the best place) and office spaces of the future.

https://www.tweaktow...obot/index.html

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Posted 06 September 2019 - 09:25 AM

View Postindy, on 06 September 2019 - 08:57 AM, said:

Another followup because apparently the first product of the new Foxconn factory will be one to displace actual workers

It's the Randian F***ing Paradise, courtesy of the likes of Scott Walker and his puppet masters the now half dead Koch brothers.
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Posted 13 October 2020 - 05:05 PM

The big Wisconsin-Foxconn (Fox-con?) deal is crashing and burning just in time for Election Day.

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The state of Wisconsin was supposed to provide Foxconn with $3 billion in subsidies over the next few years to support the construction of a massive LCD display factory in the state. The deal was negotiated in 2017 by Gov. Scott Walker and announced by Donald Trump at a White House event. It was part of Trump's strategy to bring manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

In a Monday letter, the state informed Foxconn that the company wouldn't get the first installment of the $3 billion because Foxconn wasn't holding up its end of the deal. Under Foxconn's 2017 agreement with the state, Foxconn would be eligible for the first round of subsidies if it hired at least 520 full-time employees to work on the LCD panel factory by the end of 2019. Foxconn claimed that it had cleared this bar by hiring 550 employees in the state. But Wisconsin found that Foxconn had only 281 employees who counted toward the requirement.

Foxconn was supposed to spend $3.3 billion on the project by the end of 2019. Instead, Foxconn had only spent around $300 million by the end of the year.

Foxconn was supposed to build an LCD panel factory based on the industry's new Generation 10.5 standard. This standard uses enormous sheets of "mother glass"—roughly 10 feet (3 meters) square—to provide LCD panels for large televisions. Each glass sheet is typically cut into several displays. The factory was expected to cost $10 billion to build and eventually employ 13,000 workers in Wisconsin. The state now says that Foxconn won't come anywhere close to meeting those targets.

"The fact that recipients have neither built, nor started to build or operate, the required Generation 10.5 TFT-LCD Fabrication Facility is not in dispute," wrote Jennifer Campbell, chief legal officer of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation. "The recipients have acknowledged that they have no formal or informal business plans to build a 10.5 fab."

Foxconn is now reportedly planning to build a plant to manufacture LCD panels based on the Gen 6 standard. That standard uses mother glass that measures about 5 feet by 6 feet (1.5 meters by 1.8 meters)—a quarter the size of the originally planned Gen 10.5 glass. These smaller glass sheets, used for everything from laptop screens to dashboard displays in cars, are easier to work with and require less specialized equipment. That means the factory will be much less expensive to build and require fewer workers when it's complete.

In their letter, Wisconsin officials stressed their willingness to negotiate a new aid package that would be commensurate with Foxconn's new, less ambitious plans.

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Posted 13 October 2020 - 06:06 PM

View PostLFC, on 13 October 2020 - 05:05 PM, said:

(Fox-con?)
It's pretty much a 24x7 con to get their Fox News rubes to believe they are all victims of "The Other" and convince them that Fox is THE ONLY source for Truth. No wonder they embrace Dumpster so hard.
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