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The Week in Review
This week the Assembly hit the floor to take
up legislation that will allow Foxconn Technology Group to move forward with
plans to invest more than $10 billion in a plant to be located in
southeastern Wisconsin. The
final proposal received bipartisan support on the Assembly floor.
The brand new facility will be the only high-tech manufacturing location of
its kind in North America creating a new sector for Wisconsin’s
manufacturing economy. In addition, the company expects to create 13,000
jobs once the plant is fully operational with an average wage of $53,875.
Furthermore, multiple reports suggest thousands more jobs will be created
through construction of the facility and suppliers to the new plant.
Two weeks ago, the
Assembly Committee on Jobs and the Economy held a public hearing on the
proposed legislation and legitimate concerns were raised about the proposal.
Committee members and my Assembly colleagues worked together in bipartisan
fashion to address those concerns and adopted changes to the final bill.
The amended legislation addressed environmental concerns by verifying that
Foxconn will be required to follow stringent air and water regulations to
protect the environment. Furthermore, if any wetlands are impacted Foxconn
will be required to create two acres of new wetlands for every one acre
affected by construction; stricter than current state law. The final bill
also includes funding for worker training to address workforce shortages.
Lastly, Foxconn will not get any incentives until investments are made or
jobs are created.
This week, we demonstrated that Assembly Republicans are committed to
delivering careers for hardworking families and it was done by listening to
you, the taxpayers and addressing your concerns through the amended
Have a great weekend!
Solar Eclipse Monday
On Monday afternoon, the country will
experience a total solar eclipse, the first since 1979. The sun will be most
covered around 1:15 pm. But remember, special glasses are required to avoid
eye damage. Regular sunglasses are not sufficient. More information is