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Wisconsin General Assembly Gives Green Light To Foxconn Deal

Wisconsin General Assembly Gives Green Light To Foxconn Deal

But Fitzgerald did not say if that support was for the budget that passed the Assembly Wednesday - and could go straight to the desk of a supportive Walker - or for an amended budget, the future of which remains unclear in the Assembly.

The state Assembly began debating the budget shortly after noon Wednesday. "I'm also excited there's additional money for FAB LABS as well as additional $14 million for broadband in this budget".

Two GOP Assemblymen voted against the plan.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos is accusing some Senate Republicans of holding the state hostage with their opposition to the state budget. They are Nass, of Whitewater, David Craig, of Town of Vernon, Chris Kapenga of Delafield and Duey Stroebel of Saukville.

Both ideas have been floated by Republican senators as necessary changes to secure their votes. They say Foxconn offers a once-in-a-generation chance to create thousands of jobs and transform the state's tech and manufacturing sectors. Four Democrats voted for the bill and two Republicans voted against it.

"We are eager to work with the people of Wisconsin to make it a center of worldwide high-tech manufacturing", the statement read. That would prevent the Assembly from having to approve the budget a second time after a Senate vote, which has not yet been scheduled.

Minority leader Peter Barca voted for the bill, but is resigning his leadership post on September 30 after a closed door session with Democratic legislators earlier in the month where his colleagues demonstrated their frustration with him.

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A spokesman for Gov. Scott Walker, still in South Korea Friday on a trade mission, said he was trying to broker a deal.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald notified lawmakers on Tuesday night that the Senate would be in session Friday to vote on the budget. "For me, the budget process is over". Lawmakers and Walker already are more than 10 weeks past a July 1 deadline to enact a budget.

Mikalsen said the vetoes discussed with Walker relate to "taxpayer savings" but declined to detail them further, saying that's up to the governor or his staff. It increases spending for K-12 public schools by 5.9 percent, freezes tuition on University of Wisconsin campuses, raises fees on electric and hybrid vehicle drivers, and borrows $400 million more for road projects.

Kapenga said Thursday he doesn't plan to back down. Stephen Nass, R-Whitewater, said he wants to see a January 1 effective date to repeal the state's prevailing wage requirement.

Assembly Democrats blasted the prevailing wage repeal as an affront to blue-collar workers.

"The only people this budget truly helps are campaign contributors to the Republican Party", said Rep. Katrina Shankland, D-Stevens Point.

Foxconn is in final talks with officials in Racine County to build a massive plant that would manufacture liquid crystal display panels, an industry that doesn't now exist in the United States.