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Several Democratic candidates for governor at a Madison forum Monday slammed the deal Scott Walker inked with Foxconn as they pitched their ideas to help seniors.

That includes Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, who told those at the forum on the city’s north side that transportation options for seniors had been cut back due to lack of funding. He then pledged “we’ll take it from Foxconn” to pay for expanding those programs.

Meanwhile, state Rep. Dana Wachs, R-Eau Claire, noted in closing remarks he’s one of two Dems on the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Board and has been “fighting that Foxconn deal to their face.”

And Milwaukee attorney Matt Flynn vowed to take action in federal court to recoup state money from Foxconn, pledging to use the funds to help pay for providing more flexibility in preventing care and home care. He said the company is under investigation in China for violating the “flimsy” laws there and now wants to use 7 million gallons of Lake Michigan water daily.

“Not on this Navy vet’s watch,” said Flynn, who also called for impeaching President Trump for treason.

Six of the top-tier Dem candidates attended the forum, which was hosted by state Rep. Melissa Sargent, D-Madison. Each candidate was allowed an opening statement, answered a question from Sargent and then gave closing remarks.

Sargent said all of the candidates for guv who had registered were invited.

The other top-tier Dem candidates who attended were: Milwaukee businessman Andy Gronik, former Madison state Rep. Kelda Roys and activist Mike McCabe.

Gronik said he wanted to make it easier to apply for programs such as SeniorCare, adding he wanted to continue his conversations with older voters about their needs. Roys decried cuts to shared revenue, saying it has made it harder for local communities to provide seniors places to gather and the transit options they need. She also wanted to provide incentives to create more senior housing.

Meanwhile, McCabe said there aren’t the resources to deal with mental issues facing older residents because the state is using the prison system to treat those with challenges.

“We’re addressing mental health by locking people up and throwing away the key,” he said.

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