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Democrats question Foxconn project scope

August 22, 2018

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic legislators are renewing criticisms of Foxconn Technology Group’s plans for a flat-screen plant in Mount Pleasant.

Foxconn has said it wants to build a $10 billion facility to produce large flat-screens. The Taiwanese company says the project could create 13,000 jobs. Republican legislators handed the company $3 billion in incentives last year.

Foxconn announced in June, however, that it will build a smaller factory to produce smaller screens and the large-screen facility will come later.

Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz and Rep. Dana Wachs held a news conference Wednesday questioning Foxconn’s transparency. Wachs says the project could be “the mother of all bait-and-switches.”

Foxconn has said it’s committed to investing the full $10 billion and creating 13,000 jobs. Gov. Scott Walker’s spokesman, Tom Evenson, tweeted Democrats will say anything to hurt the governor.

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