Foxconn selects U.S. site for plant

Flood damage in Kenosha County

Other states that vied for the plant are Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas. Trump's plans for health care and tax cuts face a murky future in Congress, while his administration is bogged down by an investigation into Russia's possible ties with his presidential campaign.

Foxconn founder and Chairman Terry Gou, left, and Gov. Scott Walker sign a memo of understanding Thursday at the Milwaukee Art Museum setting out the conditions under which Foxconn agrees to bring a plant to southeastern Wisconsin. "So we want to start early, we want to look at all the opportunities whether it's in manufacturing, construction, IT, transportation, healthcare, finance and accounting there's just a whole abundance of high demand areas that we have across the state", said Walker.

During his brief Eau Claire stop, Walker said he has called the state legislature into special session to consider passing the $3 billion incentive package used to lure Foxconn to the state.

The incentives would only be awarded if Foxconn creates the jobs and pays an average yearly wage of almost $54,000. "I am confident that together we will increase operational efficiencies in electronics manufacturing to new levels, achieving the vision of Smart Manufacturing and Made in China 2025". The campus dubbed "Wisconn Valley", would cover almost 1.6 square miles and be three times the size of the Pentagon. The incentives would cost the state about $200 million a year.

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Blank called Foxconn's decision to locate a plant in Wisconsin a "major leap forward for our state's economy", and Cross said he feels the UW System and the state are ready for the company.

Foxconn plans to make LCD screens for medical, automotive, aviation and entertainment industries at the plant in Wisconsin, and will be the first of its kind in North America. It's primarily known for manufacturing parts for use with Apple's iPhone. In 2013, Foxconn said it would invest $30 million and hire 500 workers for a new factory in Pennsylvania.

Governor Walker's executive order requires the Legislature to commence the Wisconn Valley Special Session at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, August 1st, exclusively to consider and act upon the legislation.

Wisconsin state Senator Jennifer Shilling, a Democrat, questioned whether there is "legislative appetite for a $1 (billion) to $3 billion corporate welfare package".

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Inside the White House, discussions with Foxconn about opening a USA plant were led over several months by Jared Kushner, a senior adviser and the president's son-in-law, and Reed Cordish, an assistant to the president on technology initiatives.

White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus told a Wisconsin TV station that Trump was aboard Marine One over Kenosha, Wisconsin, in April and spotted the site of a former Chrysler plant.

Walker and several other Wisconsin officials, including Ryan, attended the White House announcement.

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