Wisconsin Assembly passes $3B Foxconn bill

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The Wisconsin state Assembly has passed a $3 billion tax break package for Taiwan-based electronics giant Foxconn Technology Group.

The Assembly passed the measure on a 59-30 vote, with three Democrats joining 56 majority Republicans in support. Twenty-eight Democrats and two Republicans voted against it.

The vote comes just three weeks after President Donald Trump and Walker announced the deal for Foxconn to invest up to $10 billion on a display panel manufacturing facility in Wisconsin. It could employ up to 13,000 people, an opportunity that Trump and Walker have described as transformational.

But opponents question the cost to taxpayers and weakening of environmental protections.

Democratic Rep. Jill Billings of La Crosse voted against the bill.

In a statement before the vote, Billings said she was concerned about Foxconn's history of not following through on promises and rolling back environmental regulations to facilitate the building of the plant.

She suggested the state use $3 billion to improve schools and roads and support homegrown business.

The bill now heads to the State Senate where it has to pass before going to Governor Scott Walker's desk.

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