Foxconn bill awaits Walker's signature after clearing Assembly

Foxconn bill awaits Walker's signature after clearing Assembly

The nine demands from the senators included speeding up repeal of the prevailing wage - that's slated to occur in September 2018 under the budget - and eliminating a provision that did away with local control over rock quarries that produce material for road and construction work. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has said he doesn't have enough votes to get the budget out of his chamber and ship it to Walker.

The Assembly began debate on the measure Thursday morning and was expected to conclude in the afternoon.

The bill passed 64-31, with all but two Republicans voting for the bill and being joined by Democratic Reps. Assembly Republicans made minor technical changes to the budget but didn't address any of the Senate Republican demands.

Assembly Democrats, speaking before the session, said the budget shows Republicans' priorities by "rigging" the state's economy to favor the wealthy.

"We are not going to allow individual senators to rewrite the budget", Vos said.

The governor says the potential Foxconn deal has put our state on the map globally.

"For anything that hasn't been bid out, I think you could do it as quickly as the time the budget was enacted", Walker said. Lena Taylor, of Milwaukee, a member of the Legislature's budget committee. "Why would we wait any longer than we have to to provide savings to the taxpayers?"

The senators on Friday say that was part of a series of vetoes Walker promised to make to the budget to win their support. David Craig, R-Big Bend, has also said he's against the plan.

Assembly Democrats blasted the prevailing wage repeal as an affront to blue-collar workers. Instead, the state is delaying projects and borrowing $400 million.

"The only people this budget truly helps are campaign contributors to the Republican Party", said Rep. Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point.

Among the officials with whom he met, Walker said, were from the Foxconn plant in Sakai, Japan.

Foxconn is in final talks with officials in Racine County to build a massive plant that would manufacture liquid crystal display panels, an industry that doesn't now exist in the United States.

It would take the state up to 25 years to recoup its investment, even accounting for the economic ripple effect of the project, the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau has said. That facility - previously operated by Sharp, which Foxconn recently acquired - also makes LCD screens.

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