By Tim Kowols
Even with assurances from Republican leaders that the incentives for technology manufacturer Foxconn will come as the jobs do, Democratic State Senator Dave Hansen renewed his criticism of the deal, calling it “a classic bait and switch.” The critique was prompted by Foxconn executive Louis Woo saying in interviews last month that he expected the campus to employ 2,000 people by the end of next year with many tasks filled by robots. According to The Journal Times, the promised 13,000 jobs would likely not come until 2023. Senator Hansen says there is a lot of money already going to Foxconn before a single employee is hired.
Foxconn broke ground on its Wisconn Valley Science and Technology Park in June and has since announced additional centers in Green Bay, Milwaukee, and Eau Claire as well as a partnership with UW-Madison. You can read Senator Hansen’s full column online with this story.