Jason Stein, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Published 6:30 a.m. CT Feb. 7, 2018
MADISON - Wisconsin would spend nearly $7 million to draw workers to jobs at state businesses like Foxconn, under legislation from Gov. Scott Walker that is coming before lawmakers Wednesday.
Assembly Bill 811 is one of a series of proposals coming before the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee as lawmakers hustle to finish their work for the session.
With the unemployment rate at 3% in Wisconsin, Walker has said the state needs more workers to fill jobs, including at a display-screen plant that Foxconn Technology Group of Taiwan plans to build in Racine County.
The governor's $6.8 million marketing campaign would target veterans by letting them know they can access generous state benefits and millennials by touting the state's cost of living.
"We need more bodies," Walker said late last year.
The state and local governments in Racine County have committed some $4 billion toward the Foxconn plant, which is expected to cost up to $10 billion and employ up to 13,000 people. That's raised questions about how the new facility will find workers to staff it.