The original 2017 Foxconn deal – which candidate Kleefisch was a strong proponent of – included nearly $3 billion in state and local tax incentives despite warnings from elected leaders and economists that the deal would never recoup the taxpayer cost as structured.
The company promised to create up to 13,000 local jobs, which have yet to materialize as the company fails to initiate any meaningful work. Wisconsin families who were forced out of their homes to make room for Foxconn plants are also taking to the media to share their experience being displaced for buildings that were never completed.
“Racine County workers need real and sustainable investments to support our children, our families, and our neighborhoods. Foxconn Technology, backed by Kleefisch, has failed to deliver on the thousands of jobs it promised us. And to make matters worse, workers like me are at risk of footing a $30 million bill should Foxconn fail to make its upcoming tax payment as Racine County’s biggest taxpayer,” said Randy Bryce, a Caledonia resident and iron worker. “We’re here calling on Kleefisch to stop corporate profiteering at our expense.”
Just days after Kleefisch launched a new campaign ad promising to support working families, workers will remind the public of the hypocrisy behind her claims, considering Kleefisch’s responsibility in the ongoing Foxconn debacle that has failed to lift up Wisconsin’s working families. Ahead of November, participants are calling on candidates to put working families first and pledge to roll back tax giveaways to corporations.
WHAT: Demonstration outside of Kleefisch Rally for Governor. Participants will join a squad of dogs in a “Hunt For Lost Foxconn Jobs,” to protest the candidate’s role in the ongoing Foxconn debacle. Action to follow current COVID-19 safety protocols.
WHO: Members of SEIU Wisconsin, Fight for $15 and a Union, local voters and community allies.
WHEN: Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 9:30am CT
WHERE: Hampton Inn, 8201 W Greenfield Ave. West Allis, WI 53214