Earlier this week, Evers released a letter to Foxconn executive Dr. Louis Woo in which Evers mentioned that Foxconn had sought to “suggest several changes to the existing agreement.” Gov. Evers also stated that Woo had also met with Vos and Fitzgerald and implied that they, perhaps, knew of Foxconn’s desire to renegotiate. (The full Evers letter is embedded below.) Evers wrote that
“At that (March) meeting, you indicated that Foxconn intends to suggest several changes to the existing agreement to better align the terms with the evolving project and global marketplace,” Evers wrote to Woo. “To my knowledge, this was the first time either Foxconn or the State of Wisconsin had mentioned amending or changing the agreement approved in 2017.”
In response, GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald denied that they had ever discussed contract renegotiation with Foxconn, and implied that Evers’s comments were more political than factual:
“In his recent comments, Governor Evers seems to be playing to his liberal base and caring more about scoring political points than ensuring the success of the largest economic development project in state history.”
Vos retreats into a complaint about politics that’s a poor substitute for genuine information about the project. (It’s possible that Vos counts for so little in Foxconn’s estimation that they talked to him about mostly nothing and saved the serious discussion for Wisconsin’s governor.) As it is, the communities near Vos’s district have staked huge sums in reliance on his puffery. He’s now soaked in his own flop sweat.
One reads that, in fact, Foxconn confirms discussing potential changes in state pact with Gov. Evers:
After Democratic Gov. Tony Evers and Republican legislative leaders engaged in a back-and-forth Tuesday over possibly renegotiating the state’s contract with Foxconn Technology Group, the company issued a statement that it is holding “good faith discussions” with the Evers administration on “areas of flexibility.”
“Throughout these discussions, we have both operated within the existing contract framework and maintained our long-term workforce, salary, and investment commitments,” Foxconn said late Tuesday night. “We remain committed to continuing to work with Governor Evers and his team in a forthcoming and transparent manner, and remain open to further consultation, collaboration, and new ideas.”
Locally, the Greater Whitewater Committee and the Whitewater Community Development Authority have both trumpeted Foxconn. They would have done no worse to tout perpetual motion machines, fountains of youth, mermaids, or a flat earth theory.
(Indeed, at least fables about mermaids yielded a fine Disney movie.)
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