Like all Wisconsin residents, I am eager to see good-paying manufacturing jobs return to Wisconsin.
I am troubled, though, by the cost of the Foxconn deal. I am also concerned about the relaxation of environmental law and regulation being so cavalierly proposed.
One area in particular I need to understand better is this: How many of these 13,000-plus jobs will go to Illinois residents?
Wisconsin's low unemployment rate and the proximity of the sites proposed near the border will invariably lead to some percentage being filled by folks from Illinois. These folks will buy their groceries, cars, clothes, restaurant meals and pay their property taxes in Illinois.
The question is: Is it worth it to the taxpayers of Wisconsin to pay $250,000 per job for folks from Illinois? This appears to be a great deal for the state of Illinois with its huge budget problems. They get the jobs at no cost.
This and a host of other issues make me wonder why the governor and some of our legislative leaders are rushing to sign a deal full of so many potential pitfalls. Voting quickly is a very bad idea. Many answers must be provided first.
-- Robert Topel, Madison