Fitzgerald, Shilling clash over importance of Foxconn job tracking

Wisconsin lawmakers are at odds over the importance of a new audit that questions how the state tracks jobs created by Foxconn Technology Group. The audit, prepared by the Legislature’s audit bureau, found Wisconsin is at risk of awarding tax credits to Foxconn for out-of-state jobs. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Walker’s economic development ‘legacy’: lies and failure

Defeated Gov. Scott Walker never took economic development seriously. And it appears he has learned no lessons. Last week, he was busy putting political spin on a routine $28 million proposal to assist Kimberly-Clark by effectively absolving the company of income tax liability and providing it with subsidies in the form of cash payments. > Cap Times

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