Assembly lawmakers pass their version of Foxconn incentive package

walker-gou2

The State Assembly on Thursday passed a $3 billion incentive package for electronics manufacturer Foxconn on a 59-30 vote, with the chamber’s Republicans cheering it as a smart bet for taxpayers with massive upside for the state’s economy, over Democrats’ criticism that the deal is a gigantic gamble with state funds. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin GOP responses to Trump: Gallagher and Steineke pointed; Walker, Johnson and Ryan indirect; Vos and Fitzgerald silent.

steineke

While Sen. Ron Johnson, House Speaker Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker condemned the Charlottesville violence without citing Trump’s name, U.S. Rep. Mike Gallagher and state Rep. Jim Steineke came out far more pointedly against Trump’s failure. Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos have made no public comment. > La Crosse Tribune

Amended Foxconn bill includes $20 million for training and preferences for Wisconsin workers

Screen Shot 2017-08-14 at 1.55.14 AM

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos announced Friday that amendments had been made to the Foxconn bill that apply to workforce development, potential employees who live in Wisconsin, transportation bonding, environmental protections, and financing for municipalities.” > Milwaukee Business Journal

Wisconsin Senate leader says Foxconn votes may be lacking

fitz-foxconn

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald expressed concerns about specifics of the Foxconn deal Wednesday, saying he’s unsure he has the votes to pass the incentives package. Meanwhile, Assembly Republicans plan a first vote on the package next week, with Speaker Vos tweeting he wants the Legislature to pass the plan by Labor Day. > AP News / ABC

Wisconsin GOP split on what needs to come first: Foxconn bill or approved budget

foxconn

Republican lawmakers are split over how to move forward with a plan to send $3 billion in incentives to electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn, as questions surfaced about how the plan would affect the next state budget that is a month overdue. > Wisconsin State Journal

Budget saga continues: Assembly, Senate leaders still divided

vos-fitz

Aiming to land a deal with Foxconn likely drove Gov. Walker last week to extend a deal to Republican lawmakers bickering over how to wrap up an overdue state budget, offering to use $200 million slated for tax cuts to instead pay for roads projects. While Assembly Republicans accepted, Senate Republicans haven’t gotten on board. > Wisconsin State Journal

Journal Times: On roads, Vos has state’s best interests in mind

highway

In the Great Transportation Debate that is defying resolution by state Republicans, the choices are borrow (Gov. Walker proposes $500M and the Senate, $850M) or pay as you go with fees and a gas tax (the position of Rep. Robin Vos and his Assembly). In our view, Vos’ is a more sensible, long-term solution. > Racine Journal Times