"There's a whole lot of people out there scrambling to try and come up with a reason not to like this," Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said Friday of a $10 billion Foxconn electronics factory under proposal in his state. "I can tell you, that's fine but I think they can go suck lemons." Walker took to the air on Friday in a campaign-style airplane tour to make the case that the entire state would benefit from a plant three times the size of the Pentagon. The plant would be the first outside of Asia to produce liquid crystal display monitors used in computers, televisions, and other areas. Walker calls it a once-a-generation opportunity to transform Wisconsin's economy, reports the AP.
The envisioned factory, expected to open in 2020, would be 20 million square feet on a campus that spans 1.56 square miles in what Walker is calling the "Wisconn Valley." It would initially employ 3,000 people, but the deal calls for that to grow to 13,000 within six years. Foxconn is looking at sites in Racine and Kenosha counties, and a wide array of Wisconsin environmental regulations would be waived in an effort to speed up construction: The bill Walker unveiled Friday would allow Foxconn, without permits, to discharge dredged materials, fill wetlands, change the course of streams, build artificial bodies of water that connect with natural waterways, and build on a riverbed or lakebed. Walker called on the Republican-controlled Legislature to consider the measure as early as Tuesday.