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Evers: Foxconn proposed renegotiating Wisconsin deal

MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said in a letter his office released Tuesday that Foxconn Technology Group approached the state last month about wanting to renegotiate its contract for a project that could yield the global electronics giant more than $4 billion in state and local tax credits.Evers said for the first time last week that the state was renegotiating the deal with Foxconn. That led Republican legislative leaders to accuse Evers, a critic of the project near Racine, of attempting to undermine it.But in a letter to Foxconn executive Louis Woo, Evers said it was Woo who first raised the idea of renegotiating the contract during a meeting in March. Evers wrote that he wanted to clarify their conversation.“You indicated that Foxconn intends to suggest several changes to the existing agreement to better align the terms with the evolving project and global marketplace,” Evers wrote. “To my knowledge, this was the first time either Foxconn or the State of Wisconsin had mentioned amending or changing the agreement approved in 2017.”Evers also wrote that Woo had briefed Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on his intention to seek changes to the deal. Both Vos and Fitzgerald last week said Evers was trying to undermine the deal, but neither of them said anything about a conversation with Woo.Fitzgerald, Vos and Foxconn spokeswoman Myranda Tanck didn’t immediately reply to requests for comment.Evers said in the letter that the state was identifying areas where there could be “greater flexibility and transparency as the project continues to evolve.” Evers has not offered details and did not spell out any in the letter.Earlier Tuesday, the head of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, which reached the original deal with Foxconn, defended the contract.“We have a solid contract with the company,” said WEDC secretary and CEO Mark Hogan.He spoke with reporters following a state Senate committee hearing during which he declined to answer a question from a lawmaker about contract renegotiations.Under the original deal, Foxconn can receive about $3 billion in state tax credits if it employs 13,000 people and spends about $9 billion on a display screen manufacturing campus near Racine, in southeastern Wisconsin. With local incentives, the value of the deal to Foxconn exceeds $4 billion, the largest government subsidy to a foreign corporation in U.S. history.President Donald Trump has heralded the project as the “eighth wonder of the world” and came to Wisconsin last summer for the groundbreaking.But Foxconn missed its hiring minimum to receive job tax credits in 2018 and has scaled back the size of the factory it plans to build. Evers, a Democrat, campaigned against Republican Gov. Scott Walker as a critic of the Foxconn deal, saying taxpayers were on the hook for too much money and the deal needed to be renegotiated.Evers said last week that it was unrealistic to think Foxconn would employ 13,000 people as it originally promised, given that the size of the factory had been reduced, and that the contract may have to be updated to reflect the smaller scale of the project.Hogan emphasized that the contract awards most of its credits to Foxconn only after the company meets hiring and capital investment benchmarks.“The value of the contract is the contract is scalable,” Hogan said. “If they spent $6 billion and they employed 6,000 people, 7,000 people, the contract scales to that. … It’s a pay-for-performance basis.”Hogan, in a break from Evers, also suggested that the 13,000 employment target was still within reach.“They continue to make that commitment,” Hogan said of Foxconn.___Follow Scott Bauer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/sbauerAPScott Bauer, The Associated Press read more

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Bad online date blamed for ambulance workers drinkdriving as she feared for

first_imgAn ambulance worker crashed while over the drink-drive limit as she fled in her car from a man she had just met through an online dating site, a court heard.Deborah Fogarty-Walker, 46, hit the back of a lorry as she drove away from an address in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, because she was in “fear of her own safety”.The mother of six decided to leave the property she had visited when the man became aggressive, magistrates were told.Fogarty-Walker, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, appeared at Beverley Magistrates’ Court and expects to be sacked from her emergency services job after the lorry driver found her to be smelling of alcohol and unsteady on her feet. In a statement, the YAS said: “Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust is aware of today’s court case involving a member of staff.”We can confirm that appropriate disciplinary action is under way.” Ms Clark said: “She knows all about the consequences of drink-driving, having been to the scene of many an accident where drinking has been involved.”What happened on the night in question, she was travelling to Doncaster, and she has fallen foul of the pitfalls of internet dating.”She’d had two drinks, one of which was a glass of wine and the other was a vodka cocktail, which had been mixed for her.”The man she was with became aggressive and she began to fear for her own safety. She decided she would just try to get as far away as quickly as she could.” Deborah Fogarty-Walker Ms Clark added: “She feels she’s let herself down. The impact of what she has done has hit her extremely hard and the consequences of the inevitable disqualification is devastating for her. She has sought help for her problems.”Fogarty-Walker was disqualified from driving for 17 months and ordered to complete 125 hours of unpaid work over the next year.Sentencing, chairman of the bench Ray Sampson said: “We’ve listened carefully to the details of the offence and we’ve listened to what your representative has had to say.”There is little else we can say, other than to say that the circumstances you found yourself in were upsetting and regrettable.” The court heard the lorry driver had “felt a jolt to the rear” after the incident on the M62 on October 15.He pulled over and discovered Fogarty-Walker’s Peugeot 208 had crashed into the back of his vehicle.After police attended the scene, the Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) worker was breathalysed and found to be over the drink-driving limit by almost two and a half times.Theresa Clark, defending, said her client, who pleaded guilty to one charge of driving while over the limit, was expecting to lose “the job that she loves” as a result of her conviction. The man she was with became aggressive and she began to fear for her own safety. She decided she would just try to get as far away as quickly as she couldTheresa Clark, defending Deborah Fogarty-Walker said she expects to be sacked from Yorkshire Ambulance Service Credit:Ben Lack  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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