Shilling, Billings hold listening session on $3B Foxconn incentives bill

The Wisconsin State Assembly’s Jobs and Economy Committee voted 8-5 Monday to send a $3 billion tax incentive package for Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn to a full Assembly vote.

But before that bill goes to the Assembly floor, state lawmakers are gauging the public’s thoughts on the proposal.

Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling and State Representative Jill Billings held a listening session Monday night at the Onalaska Public Library.

The session gave residents a chance to learn more about the incentives being proposed and an opportunity to have their questions answered.

Billings says she thinks most representatives want to vote in favor of bringing Foxconn to Wisconsin, but she needs to know more about the guarantees being made by the state.

“The devil is in the details, we have to make sure that is a good, tight agreement and we get our money’s worth out of this,” said Billings.

Billings also says she wants more guarantees from Foxconn that the jobs created will pay enough to support a family.