What good has "being open for business" done for the state of Wisconsin?
We have given lots of tax breaks for companies to locate here, which has resulted in big holes in the state budget. We have not created 250,000 jobs as promised by Gov. Scott Walker, and the jobs that were created have been low paying jobs that have depressed wages throughout the state.
We created a kinder, friendlier Department of Natural Resources, which granted more permits in less time. This resulted in state taxpayers having to supply bottled water to the residents of Kewaunee County.
Now we are trying to lure Foxconn to the state with a promise of up to 50,000 jobs. This is a company that has a dubious environmental and worker safety record. After we give them millions, how many disabled workers are we going to have?
We have become open for business the same way that countries in the Third World are open for business.
Derek Popp, Mount Horeb