Wisconsin GOP legislation eases corporate tax break rules

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Companies seeking tax credits from Wisconsin’s troubled job-creation agency would face less scrutiny under a provision Republicans included in last week’s lame-duck legislation. The measure would loosen the reins on an agency that has been marred by allegations of failing to recover loans and handing out $126 million without a formal review. > AP News

Wisconsin lawmakers approve changes to WEDC job tracking

Amid a flurry of proposals during this week’s extraordinary session, state lawmakers approved changes to how Wisconsin’s economic development agency tracks job creation. Under the bill now on Gov. Scott Walker’s desk, the WEDC would no longer have to verify all job creation and retention figures submitted by every tax credit recipient. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker holds out hope in saving Kimberly-Clark jobs

Gov. Scott Walker is hinting that there may still be a chance to save a Kimberly-Clark factory and about 300 jobs after a tax incentive bill failed in the Legislature. > Wisconsin Public Radio

WEDC trying to persuade Gov.-elect Evers to keep their agency afloat

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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation is trying to persuade Gov.-elect Tony Evers to keep their agency, after Evers said earlier this week he will attempt to get rid of the WEDC. Agency officials are arguing that Evers’ priority to increase workforce development won’t be possible without their agency staying in state. > ABC 27 Madison

Foxconn executive: Company will tap ‘local talent’ in Wisconsin but also embrace automation

Foxconn Technology Group aims to tap “local talent” in Wisconsin’s workforce, but it also intends to continue embracing automation, a U.S. executive for the company said Wednesday at a business event in Madison. > Wisconsin State Journal

Foxconn’s Green Bay innovation center plans not impacted by Evers election

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt said city and Foxconn officials have met twice since the Nov. 6 election and both parties reaffirmed their support for Foxconn to buy the Watermark building and turn the second floor into an innovation center that will employ 200 people. > Green Bay Press Gazette

Evers confirms that as governor, he’ll propose dissolving Walker’s jobs agency

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Gov.-elect Tony Evers said Tuesday that after taking office he will propose to dissolve Gov. Scott Walker’s public-private jobs agency, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. “I think it’s important that economic development be part of state government rather than a public-private partnership,” Evers said. > Wisconsin State Journal