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I can't imagine why Democrats running for office are opposed to Foxconn coming into Wisconsin.

During a recent event in Racine the Racine County Executive Jonathan Delagrave and Mount Pleasant Village President David DeGroot presented information on Foxconn and answered questions.

The very first thing I think needs to be cleared up is there are absolutely no corporate giveaways. Foxconn must reach and complete a series of set milestones, then and only then does Foxconn receive a tax incentive. Not a single penny is coming out of taxpayers' pockets or the state's budget and going to Foxconn.

Foxconn is projected to bring in over $13 billion into the state's economy and hire over 13,000 employees. Those jobs with benefits will average $27-$28 an hour starting wages and 70 percent of the employees must be Wisconsinites.

Foxconn, Racine school district, and Gateway Technical are coordinating on the specific educational and training needs Foxconn requires to fulfill its manufacturing needs with Wisconsinites.

Environmentally, for each acre of wetland used Foxconn will replace it with two acres. Foxconn will abide by or exceed EPA and Wisconsin DNR standards. There was a question about use of water from Lake Michigan. From what I understand Foxconn will use less water than all of the breweries combined back in the heyday of brewing in Milwaukee.

Any candidate for any office who says they'll shut down Foxconn or Foxconn is a corporate giveaway, I believe is very mistaken. Keep the Republicans in office.

Seth Schmidt

Elkhorn

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