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August 11, 2017
Scott Gordon explains water usage as part of Foxconn's LCD manufacturing process.
August 11, 2017
As the discussion over environmental impacts of Foxconn continues, WisContext reporter Scott Gordon explores the role that water usage plays in LCD manufacturing. The proposed locations along Lake Michigan could require special consideration and could involve approval by the Great Lakes Compact.
August 11, 2017
The Legislative Fiscal Bureau released a report on the tax incentives for Foxconn this week, including information on the financial impact the deal would have on the state. The report includes a break-even date for the project, which would not be until 2043 under best case scenarios.
August 11, 2017
Weighing in on the environmental impacts of Foxconn is heavy metals expert Peter Adriaens from the University of Michigan. He talks about the potential dangers of manufacturing with the heavy metals necessary for LCD screens, a type of manufacturing uncommon in the state. Adriaens says many of the specific metals used are bioaccumulative and may stay in organisms for the rest of their lives.
August 11, 2017
To talk about Foxconn's impact on local control, we speak with Todd Berry from the Wisconsin Taxpayer Alliance. Berry states that Foxconn would not be exempt from property taxes, which could be a boon to property values if Foxconn is successful. "That windfall will fall to not only the municipality but the schools and the counties," he says.
August 11, 2017
WPR Captiol Bureau Chief Shawn Johnson discusses the Foxconn bill's journey through the state legislature. Johnson talks about the speed with which the bill is moving through the Assembly, and anticipates a vote in that house next week. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is looking for additional assurances that jobs will be created.
August 11, 2017
On today's show, we examine: the potential impact of the Foxconn deal on local governments; the types of pollutants tech manufactures create; the implications of Foxconn regarding the Great Lakes compact; and the friction between the State Assembly and Senate over the Foxconn process.
August 11, 2017

The slate of Democratic candidates for governor is packed and only getting larger. This week's Wisconsin Look takes a look at who is already running and who might be considering a run.

August 4, 2017

Sarah Geers, staff attorney with Midwest Environmental Advocates, tells us how unusual the environmental review exemptions in the Foxconn deal is. She expressed the company will face "higher environmental standards than they do in China" and is concerned that Republican leadership has eroded the budget and authority of the Department of Natural Resources to do its job enforcing environmental laws.

August 4, 2017

Democrats have issued mixed responses over the proposed Foxconn deal. Rep. Corey Mason, who testified at Thursday's Assembly hearing, is cautiously optimistic, however tells us there are still concerns and unanswered questions. Mason represents Racine, where there is a longing for lost manufacturing jobs. The community also cares about environmental issues, including Great Lakes water quality.

August 4, 2017

Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou signed a memorandum of understanding with Wisconsin ginseng growers last week to help promote the herb to overseas markets. We speak to Bob Kaldunski, president of the Ginseng Board of Wisconsin. Foxconn's interest in ginseng caught him off guard, he says, "It's very rare for a company to come see us." He hopes the relationship will boost sales both at home and abroad.

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