In 2017, then-Governor Scott Walker signed a deal with the Taiwan-based manufacturing company Foxconn to construct a new manufacturing facility in Mount Pleasant.
The deal included three billion dollars in incentives spread across fifteen years, and was used as an election talking point for Walker during his reelection run. It’s also been used as a campaign rallying cry by President Trump – as recently as last Saturday, in Janesville.
But the project in WisConn Valley is mired in trouble. Last week, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation denied FoxConn its first installment of state tax credits after contract re-negotiations fell through and the company failed to live up to agreements.
And that’s just the beginning.
Earlier today, WORT Producer Jonah Chester spoke with Josh Dzieza, Investigations Editor at The Verge. This morning, Dzieza published a bombshell investigation into the web of deception surrounding the Mount Pleasant facility.
(Photo: The FoxConn Mount Pleasant groundbreaking ceremony in 2017. Courtesy of Dylan Brogan)