Fact checking Vinehout’s claim that state is 16,000 manufacturing jobs below recession levels

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In criticizing Gov. Walker’s Foxconn deal on WISN-TV’s “Upfront with Mike Gousha,” state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) said under Walker the state is “still 16,000 manufacturing jobs lower than we were during the recession.” PolitiFact Wisconsin checks the numbers.

German gummy candy maker Haribo inks deal on state incentives

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Haribo, the German-based candy company noted for its gummy gel treats, has reached an economic development agreement that could net it up to $21 million in state tax credits for reaching specified incentive benchmarks by 2028. The incentive agreement announced Wednesday formalizes Haribo’s plans, announced earlier this year, to establish a manufacturing complex in Pleasant Prairie. > Kenosha News

Will Wisconsin be conned by GOP’s Foxconn deal?

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With Wisconsin being targeted for a new Foxconn plant, and Gov. Walker in full re-election mode with a desperate need to explain away his now 7-year-old unfulfilled promise to create 250,000 jobs in four years, the pump is primed to mortgage our state’s future for Walker’s short-term political gain. > Scot Ross (One Wisconsin Now) in The Cap Times

Almost official: Foxconn to announce new Wisconsin factory this afternoon, in PR win for Trump, Walker

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The Washington Post reports that Foxconn will unveil plans late Wednesday afternoon, via an announcement by President Trump, to build a new factory in southeastern Wisconsin, delivering a much-needed jobs win for Trump and Gov. Walker, according to four officials with knowledge of the announcement.

How did the Democrats lose a once progressive Wisconsin? The new book ‘Janesville’ offers a view.

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The Nation takes a look at Amy Goldstein’s new book “Janesville”, alongside Katherine Cramer’s “Politics of Resentment”, and how they answer in complementary ways the plaguing question of why Donald Trump won in Wisconsin.

Walker will tout state’s unemployment rate nearing all-time low, but low-skilled wages erode

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With Wisconsin’s unemployment rate possibly surpassing its record low of 3 percent this month, it’s a story Scott Walker likes to tell, especially since it shifts attention from his unfulfilled promise to create 250,000 jobs in his first term. Yet while unemployment has fallen, wages in many low-skill jobs have not kept pace with inflation. > Wisconsin State Journal

In era of ‘new collar jobs,’ good news that Wisconsin can compete for business like Foxconn

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Even if Wisconsin does not become a U.S. home for Foxconn, a Taiwanese company best known for assembling Apple’s iPhones, it has the right ingredients to attract similar firms. That’s important in an age when “new collar” jobs offer a way up for workers with technology skills but little or no college education. > Wisconsin State Journal