Local protests over Foxconn groundbreaking

Posted at 10:40 PM, Jun 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-28 23:40:48-04

Protestors joined together at Appleton West High School Thursday with signs reading "Foxconn: a bad deal for Green Bay and Appleton.”

“This really is not an economic development plan at all, and we really call Trump's bluff," said Democratic State Representative Amanda Stuck.

The protest happened as president trump broke ground a few hours south.

"Today is an exciting day for Wisconsin with the president and the governor breaking ground down on Foxconn," said Republican State Senator Roger Roth.

Stuck believes this new development could turn into cuts in education, infrastructure, and natural resources.

"We actually are writing a check to Foxconn. It's not a reduction in taxes because they already don't pay taxes in Wisconsin,” said Stuck.

She added the $3 billion going to Foxconn should be going to the people of Wisconsin.

"Tax money should not be going to billionaires,” said Stuck.

Republican State Senator Roger Roth says Foxconn will be a great thing for Wisconsin, bringing in an estimated 13 thousand new jobs.

He said a business in the area already sells to Foxconn in Taiwan

"Imagine how much more they're going to be able to sell when to Foxconn when they're right here in Wisconsin,” said Senator Roth.

Senator Roth added the government is doing what it is supposed to do by adding more jobs across the spectrum.

Leaders and activists at the protest said they have been concerned about Foxconn since it was announced. They added they believe in investments and more jobs, but are not convinced Foxconn is going to provide this for Wisconsin.