Walker touts Foxconn deal as criticism grows


Gov. Walker continues to tout the planned Foxconn factory as “transformational.” He wants the state to put forth $3 billion in incentives to help the Taiwanese company build its huge plant in southeastern Wisconsin. Yet critics’ voices continue to get louder, bringing up a number of concerns about taxpayer investment, wages, and risks. > Milwaukee Public Radio

Renewed drumbeat builds for full repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage


Full repeal of Wisconsin’s prevailing wage requirement is once more gaining momentum after its lead state Senate supporter, Sen. Leah Vukmir (R-Brookfield), said it must be included in the next state budget. Repeal had been included in Walker’s original budget, but then removed by the budget committee with other non-fiscal measures. > Wisconsin State Journal

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

New report: Prevailing wage repeal would cost Wisconsinites $300 million a year

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Repealing what remains of Wisconsin’s prevailing-wage laws would cost taxpayers more than $300 million a year, according to a new study from the Midwest Economic Policy Institute. The reported prompted state Democrats to hold a news conference Tuesday again expressing opposition to Republican plans to repeal the remaining prevailing-wage laws for state-commissioned projects. > Daily Reporter

Dem lawmaker refutes GOP claims on the benefits of prevailing wage repeal


The state budget includes a measure to repeal prevailing wage laws, and Rep. Leon D. Young has this to say: “Repealing the prevailing wage doesn’t save the state money, it costs the state jobs! Let’s examine the truth about the prevailing wage law that Republicans refuse to admit and don’t want you to know.” > Milwaukee Courier

UW System regents hoping pay raises for faculty will blunt talent drain


UW System leaders will soon know whether state lawmakers will fund pay raises for employees, as well as critical repairs to aging campuses’ buildings. Faculty continue to leave UW campuses in large numbers because average pay is far below that at peer institutions, several chancellors told the regents. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel