Thursday, August 24th

State Rep. Dana Wachs.(Photo: Courtesy Dana Wachs' campaign)

MADISON - State Rep. Dana Wachs (D-Eau Claire) is pledging to vote against a multibillion-dollar jobs deal with electronics maker Foxconn Technology Group, making him the latest and sharpest critic of the proposal among Democratic candidates for governor. 

In exchange for environmental exemptions and up to $2.85 billion in cash from state taxpayers, Foxconn has said it would build a $10 billion plant that would employ 3,000 initially and as many as 13,000 in the coming years. GOP Gov. Scott Walker, who signed the deal, is touting it as a win for Wisconsin and a key reason to back his re-election in 2018. 

Wachs said he believes the deal is being voted on too quickly with too few protections for taxpayers and the environment. 

"I worked very hard to be a yes vote but there's (those) three things I can't get over," Wachs said. "I think it's a terrible deal for the taxpayers.