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Anchored by Frederica Freyberg, Here & Now is Wisconsin’s weekly in-depth news and public affairs program where civic and political leaders provide context to the issues at the forefront of life in Wisconsin.

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August 18, 2017
Tracey Robertson of Fit Oshkosh on how to move the dialogue forward on racism in the U.S.
July 28, 2017

A judge has ordered Apple to pay the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation $506 million for using patented technology in its iPhones and iPads. In 2015, a jury found Apple guilty of using the patented technology and ordered Apple to pay WARF $234 million. Despite the patent infringement verdict, Apple continued using the technology, prompting the judge to order an additional $272 million payment.

July 28, 2017

China-based electronics company Foxconn is one step closer to building a facility in Wisconsin, after signing a memorandum of understanding with Gov. Scott Walker. The first phase of the $10 billion factory, which will produce LCD screens, is expected to be operational by 2020. If Foxconn can create 13,000 jobs over the next 15 years, it will receive $3 billion in tax credits from the state.

July 28, 2017

Foxconn is evaluating multiple sites in southeast Wisconsin to build its new electronics plant. The $10 billion facility is required to have at least one thousand acres. Foxconn could be purchasing the land for well above market value, meaning many small landowners could soon be millionaires. Not everyone is happy about it, however. We meet with local landowners to find out how they are feeling.

July 28, 2017

Chinese economic development expert Einar Tangen explains why Wisconsin landing Foxconn may not be all it is cracked up to be. He believes the deal could be good for Wisconsin's business and real estate community, but notes it will not benefit most Wisconsinites, especially those living in the northern part of the state. "The average person will decide that, no, this probably is not a good deal."

July 28, 2017

UW economist Steve Deller says states fighting to court big companies like Foxconn is "the new Civil War." He explains that the closer the Foxconn factory is located to the state line, the more Wisconsinites will have to compete against Illinois commuters for jobs — while paying for the offered incentives. Overall, Deller feels Wisconsin made a good deal and the state "thought this thing through."

July 28, 2017

On today's show, we examine: options for incentives Wisconsin may offer to multinational electronics company Foxconn according to a UW economist and a Chinese economic development expert who knows the company well; we also meet with landowners in southeastern Wisconsin who could benefit from selling their land to Foxconn; the patent infringement verdict ordering Apple to pay UW $506 million.

July 21, 2017

With Republicans in control of both the Wisconsin state senate and assembly, Democrats remain shutout as Republicans try to find a path forward to a budget deal. We talk to Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, who calls the budget infighting by Republicans "dysfunctional." "If you want our help, we're ready. But, you need to be willing to sit down and talk to us, include us in negotiations."

July 21, 2017

To better understand the state budget impasse and negotiations at the Capitol, we talk to Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald. "We are arguing and disagreeing on the right things," Fitzgerald explains. Proposals on how to bridge the transportation funding gap include millions in bonding, eliminating personal property tax, income tax cuts, and an incentive package for Foxconn Technology Group.

July 21, 2017

On today's show we examine: the state budget impasse and the ongoing negotiations inside the Capitol with Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling and joint finance committee member Rep. Amy Loudenbeck; the future of the ACA and upcoming marketplace premiums in Wisconsin with UW-Madison Associate Prof. Justin Sydnor; major flooding updates around the state.

July 21, 2017

Heavy rains pounded the state this week, with major flooding in western Wisconsin. A mudslide hit Highway 95 near Fountain City. Hundreds of people were evacuated from homes in Vernon and Buffalo counties. Flooding continued in the southeastern Wisconsin around Burlington. Damage from the floods in Kenosha, Racine, and Walworth counties is expected to cost more than $26 million.

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