The race for WI Governor was nearly too close to call, and while LT. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch said a recount would be demanded, that demand never came.
Gov. Scott Walker’s hopes for a third term were dashed early Wednesday when vote totals confirmed Democratic challenger Tony Evers won the race.
Evers, the state’s superintendent of schools, claimed 49.6 percent of the vote to Walker’s 48.4 percent, an advantage of just 1.2 percent, according to unofficial totals. Third party candidates received the remaining handful of votes.
Walker had not conceded as of early Wednesday. He is considering calling for a recount, his running mate, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, said. Final totals would have to show the race within 1 percentage point for the race to be eligible for a recount.
More than 2.6 million votes were cast in the race decided by about 30,000 votes.
What happened? Did the Republicans just not get out the vote? Or did Republicans switch their votes to Evers – (or a little of both) because they knew the Foxconn WEDC Contract was in default somewhere between April and May 2018, because then Governor Scott Walker denied Corning Glass a requested subsidy which was essential for Foxconn to create the stipulated Generation 10.5 TFT/LCD fabrication facility and supporting operations.
Here is what the WEDC contract stipulates:
And in order for Foxconn to build that facility, it would require the addition of a nearby supplier of the glass – and Foxconn asked Corning Glass if they would be interested. Of course, Corning Glass was interested, but only if they too received a generous subsidy from Governor Scott Walker and State of WI.
Walker, Hogan have said state does not plan to offer incentives to Foxconn suppliers
“In Wisconsin we’re not building a factory. You can’t use a factory to view our Wisconsin investment,” Louis Woo, a special assistant to Foxconn chairman Terry Gou and a key negotiator in the Wisconsin deal, told Reuters.
Bloomberg reports that Woo said there were no plans to scrap the facility altogether but that the company was reconsidering what operations might be best for the site.
Woo told Reuters that Foxconn couldn’t compete in the US TV market if it used domestic labor to build LCD panels — something that outside commentators have previously noted. “In terms of TV, we have no place in the U.S.,” said Woo. “If a certain size of display has more supply, whether from China or Japan or Taiwan, we have to change, too.”
Foxconn was given exemptions from environmental regulations and subsidies worth $4.1 billion to create manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin. However, ever since the flurry of publicity with which the deal was announced (including a photo-op with President Trump, former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and Gou breaking ground on the new site), the terms of the arrangement have been continually downsized. It’s not clear how much further they may be changed.
With Foxconn deciding to “Opt Out” of funding the required Billion Dollar investment in the Corning Glass manufacturing facility, Corning Glass turned to then Governor Scott Walker and asked for the Subsidy. Walker said – “NO” – thus effectively killing the project on May 1, 2018, placing the WEDC contract in default.
Foxconn: Top official says Wisconsin will not provide glass-maker new financial incentives
ADISON – The state won’t provide any new taxpayer subsidies to lure a key glass supplier to Foxconn to locate in southeastern Wisconsin, the state’s top jobs official said Tuesday.
In an interview, the head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. said state taxpayers have maxed out on their contribution to the Foxconn project, including related businesses such as Corning Inc., which could bring hundreds of additional jobs to Racine County.
WEDC Chief Executive Officer Mark Hogan said that the state had already done all it needs to do to win those jobs by offering billions of dollars in incentives to Foxconn Technology Group of Taiwan. Foxconn could share those incentives with Corning and other suppliers, but the state would not expand these subsidies to get jobs that were part of the original deal and analysis done last year, he said.
Hogan made his statements after Corning’s CEO had said his company would need additional help from Foxconn or another source before coming to Wisconsin.
That’s it – end of story.
Former Governor Walker and his Administration made the call to allow Foxconn to default on the WEDC contract. At that point, the operations currently in progress at Mount Pleasant, Caledonia, and Racine County should have ceased, immediately. But oddly enough, they didn’t, while public officials such as Racine County Executive Jonathon Delagrave and Mount Pleasant Village President David DeGroot lied and claimed “The Project” was really going to happen.
This is what the Politicians promised the People:
This is what the Politicians have delivered (never mind the $1,000,000,000 or more in debt):
And the above building, is a “Trade Secret”! Possibly part of a crime scene, or perhaps just the Scott Walker Memorial Field of Dreams.
Foxconn Technology Group has received conditional state approval to begin building the footings and foundations for its promised flat-screen factory in Mount Pleasant.
The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services issued the go-ahead last week on initial plans for the much-awaited project, documents released Monday show. Foxconn will need to return to the agency for review of plans for further construction.
The plans for the footings and foundations, meanwhile, remain under wraps. Foxconn contends the documents are confidential trade secrets, which are exempt from public disclosure under Wisconsin law, Brennan Nardi, communications director for the Department of Safety and Professional Services, said by email.
The department will ask Foxconn to back up its assertion that the plans are trade secrets, and, after receiving the response, determine whether the plans can be made public.
Meanwhile, Mount Pleasant Residents are beginning to feel the sting from the Foxconn default, as noted by A Better Mount Pleasant:
Meanwhile, most WI based Mass Media continues to obfuscate the real reason why “The Project” failed and the Republican Treasonous Traitors continue to scapegoat WI Governor Dr. Tony Evers. It is to be expected.
The fact remains that as of May 1, 2018, former Wisconsin Governor Walker killed the Foxconn Project, and the desperate Republicans (likely) decided to throw the election in order to run away and fight another day.
One more $BILLION – and The Project would have happened – blame Scott Walker and the Republicans for the Foxscam Failure.
More problems for Scott Walker’s corrupt WEDC – Breaking news:
Wisconsin’s economic development agency that negotiated the state’s deal with Foxconn Technology Group continues to have a host of problems with how it tracks job creation and awards given to companies, an audit released Friday found.
The report from the nonpartisan Legislative Audit Bureau examined the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp., a quasi-private agency created under Republican former Gov. Scott Walker that is in charge of job creation efforts in the state.
The agency, known as WEDC, has struggled since its creation in 2011 on a number of fronts, including recovering loans made to companies that don’t meet contractual requirements. It has been in the political crosshairs for years and remains a focus because of the Foxconn deal. Under that agreement, the Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer could receive more than $4 billion in state and local tax credits if it invests $10 billion and creates 13,000 jobs in Wisconsin.
The audit covered July 2017 through December 2018, just before Evers took office and during the time when the Foxconn deal was reached.
The audit said that only about 35% of required jobs had been created by recipients of 68 tax credit and loan awards through the fiscal year that ended in June 2018. The report said WEDC could have required loan recipients to repay $4 million and $414,000 in previously awarded tax credits.
That money could have been used to support other projects, the audit said.
The report also said WEDC awarded $462,000 in tax credits for creating jobs to one unnamed recipient that actually lost 17 jobs.
WEDC also doesn’t know exactly how many jobs were created or retained as a result of awards that had ended because it did not collect enough information from recipients, the audit said. Between 2011 and 2018, 436 awards totaling nearly $131 million ended.
The audit also faults WEDC for not consistently complying with state laws and its contracts because it awarded tax credits to recipients that created or retained jobs filled by people outside of Wisconsin or who were not state residents.
It cited one example in which an unnamed recipient received $61,100 in tax credits for creating 261 jobs filled by people who lived in 36 states, none of which were even contiguous to Wisconsin.
Does a NOTICE of DEFAULT exist, issued either by WEDC or FOXCONN? It seems likely, as Foxconn contacted WI Governor Dr. Tony Evers with a request to renegotiate the defaulted contract. From the WEDC Contract: