August 18, 2017

Assembly Approves Foxconn Legislation!

Yesterday, a bipartisan group of Assembly colleagues and I voted to approve legislation to bring Foxconn, a global computer and high-tech consumer electronics maker, to Wisconsin. The agreement has the potential to bring 13,000 new careers to Wisconsin and a $10 billion capital investment by Foxconn in manufacturing facilities and equipment. It will be the largest economic development project in state history.

This is a once in a generation opportunity for Wisconsin and the Fox Cities. It will expand career opportunities for our kids, increase research at our higher education institutions, improve our transportation infrastructure, and provide numerous business opportunities for our fantastic Fox Cities’ manufacturers and contractors.

This high-tech manufacturing facility will produce Liquid Crystal Displays (LCD) and is the first facility of its kind in North America. The LCD screens are used in TVs, smart phones, automobiles, aircraft, and health care equipment, among other products. Additionally, it is estimated the project will have an $11.1 billion economic impact, which includes both direct and in direct jobs. The supply chain needs of the company are estimated to be $1.4 billion here in the state of Wisconsin alone.

It is important to note that the incentives for this agreement are tied to performance. No money will be paid out by the state until a shovel is in the ground or the new careers are created. There are also claw-back provisions in the agreement to protect taxpayers if Foxconn doesn’t meet its promises.

I’m proud to have voted in favor of this legislation and look forward to Foxconn coming to Wisconsin. From the Fox Valley to the new “Wisconn Valley”, it is a great day for Wisconsin!

Next week, the Joint Committee on Finance, of which I am a member, will be holding a public hearing on both the Assembly and Senate versions of this bill. Details for the public hearing are below.

Joint Finance Public Hearing on Foxconn Legislation

Notice of Public Hearing -- August 22, 2017

The Joint Committee on Finance will hold a public hearing on the following items at the time and location specified below:

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
11:00 AM
SC Johnson iMET Center
Gateway Technical College
2320 Renaissance Boulevard
Sturtevant, WI 53177

August 2017 Special Session Senate Bill 1
Relating to: authorizing the creation of an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone, making changes to the enterprise zone tax credit program, authorizing limited use of the design-build construction process, granting contingent highway bonding authority, and making appropriations.

August 2017 Special Session Assembly Bill 1
Relating to: authorizing the creation of an electronics and information technology manufacturing zone and, in connection with that zone, authorizing certain tax benefits, creating special provisions for tax incremental districts, creating exemptions from wetland and waterway permits and Public Service Commission certificates; making changes to the enterprise zone tax credit program, authorizing limited use of the design-build construction process, authorizing certain counties to issue debt backed by sales and use tax revenue, facilitating a worker training and employment program, making changes to town incorporation procedures, granting contingent highway bonding authority, and making appropriations.

Assembly Reaction to Violence in Charlottesville

After the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, the State Assembly came together yesterday in a prayer of unity with members of the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee. The group has 17 member faiths and denominations and has been together for 47 years. After the prayer, the State Assembly unanimously passed a resolution remembering the individuals who needlessly lost their lives that day, and condemning the violence and hate that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia. If you would like to view the resolution, please click here.

In the 55th!

Pictured above are my wife, Debbie, Julia Kinsey from WFAA, and myself.

On Tuesday, the Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association (WFAA) brought their ice cream truck to Riverside Park in Neenah! They served free ice cream as part of Project 72, a statewide project to thank the people of Wisconsin for their partnership and support. If you would like to learn more, please visit

Gail Zeamer and myself.

Earlier this week, I was in Milwaukee for an event focusing on women's breast health. Gail Zeamer, a constituent of the 55th Assembly District, was also in attendance and spoke about her battle with breast cancer and her advocacy in this area. Gail did a fantastic job, and I look forward to working with her regarding her advocacy in this area.

Additionally, I always enjoy meeting with constituents to discuss issues important to them. If you have any questions or concerns about state government, please don't hesitate to contact my office. If you would like to meet with me in-district or in Madison, my staff at the Capitol would be more than happy to help you find a time and location to do so.

Have a great weekend,


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