The Assembly is on the floor today to vote on the $3 billion Foxconn bill.
Members are also taking up a resolution aiming to condemn the “ideology of racial hatred that was witnessed by the world” over the weekend in Charlottesville, Va., Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, said yesterday.
Calling the Foxconn vote “one of the most important votes in Wisconsin history,” Vos said the Assembly’s actions today “will speak louder than the ugly words from hate groups.”
“We will approve legislation that will give hope to all Wisconsin families by providing a future that’s rich with career opportunities and a strong, healthy economy,” he said.
Several GOP members of the Assembly expressed concerns with the bill heading into today’s vote.
With a 64-35 majority, Republicans could pass the bill even if all three voted no and they failed to pick up any Dem votes.
Ahead of this week’s committee vote, Rep. Adam Jarchow, R-Balsam Lake, had questions about giving one company exemptions to wetlands regulations that aren’t afforded other companies. He also wanted to make sure the $3 billion in incentives is a good deal for taxpayers.
Following the committee vote, Jarchow said he had hoped some of his concerns would be addressed through changes. But he was “not there yet.”
Rep. Scott Allen, R-Waukesha, said yesterday afternoon he was continuing to gather feedback from constituents on the bill and he was “still thinking about it.” The substitute amendment approved this week addressed some of his concerns, Allen said.
“I think our job is to do our due diligence to carefully consider the different perspectives and different vantage points, making sure we’re doing what’s in the best interest of the state long-term,” Allen said.
Rep. Todd Novak, R-Dodgeville, said ahead of an Assembly GOP caucus yesterday that he was “truly undecided” and has been hearing from constituents on both sides of the bill.
“I’d prefer to have the budget done first,” Novak said. “This is a big deal, and I just would prefer to take my time.”
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