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Evers' deputy calls Foxconn agreement a bad dealSubmitted: 04/26/2019
Evers' deputy calls Foxconn agreement a bad deal
Story By Ben Meyer

ARBOR VITAE - Gov. Tony Evers' administration believes "anybody could have written a better deal" than the state's Foxconn agreement.

Former Gov. Scott Walker made the deal in 2017 with a promise to create 13,000 jobs in Racine Co.

Evers' Lt. Gov., Mandela Barnes, spoke to students at Arbor Vitae-Woodruff Elementary School on Friday. Afterward, we asked him about renegotiating the Foxconn deal.

Last week, Evers suggested changing the deal, saying the jobs mark is unrealistic.

"Before I said it. I dare them to create the jobs. I still dare them to create the jobs. That statement still stands because we need this to work out for the people of the state of Wisconsin," Barnes said Friday.


This week, Evers released a letter he sent to a Foxconn executive.

The letter said Foxconn was the first to bring up possible changes to the deal with the state.

Under Walker's deal, Foxconn can receive more than $3 billion in tax breaks if it meets jobs marks.

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