Approximately one-third of Foxconn jobs will be filled by people living in Illinois, which means that one-third of the whopping three billion that Wisconsin taxpayers will be spending will be going toward Illinois residents: One billion.
It also means that every dime Illinois Foxconn workers earn will be spent and taxed in Illinois-- not Wisconsin.
Therefore, if we give Foxconn the benefit of the doubt and assume that all 13,000 jobs will be filled, that's 4,333 jobs for Illinois without spending a dime.
After your're done watching Bernie Sanders, skip on up to this post and watch the President in La Crosse this afternoon. Live some time around 1:20 PM, and thanks to NBC and the White House for the video feed.
It's the classic chicken and the egg question: Did Wisconsin's job crisis come from lack of good jobs or is the problem that there simply aren't enough qualified people to fill the jobs?
Governor Scott Walker says "there are plenty of jobs," but suggests that most job applicants are hopped-up on drugs-- a dream job is within their grasp, only to lose it when they fail the drug test.
U.S. Senator Ron Johnson chimed in last week and downplayed the notion of a skills gap, saying the problem was that people would rather sit home and collect unemployment: "I think its more of a willingness to work gap." (see below)
As any of my regular readers can attest, I've routinely taken both Governor Scott Walker and gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke to task on the issue of outsourcing jobs. Since China is the major player in Wisconsin's outsourcing woes, I've focused on our dysfunctional relationship with it.
Walker has repeatedly facilitated Wisconsin's exploding trade deficit with China, not only by actively lobbying for unfair trade deals, but even going on Chinese state television, wearing a Chinese flag and describing Wisconsin's trade with with China as "good and fair." And I've criticized Burke's Trek for outsourcing most of their manufacturing jobs to China.
There's a key difference, however, between Burke and Walker. Walker facilitates the policy (unfair trade deals) that lead companies (like Trek) to outsourcing jobs to China, while Burke actually opposes such policies and has pledged to do everything she can as Governor to oppose policies that encourage outsourcing. Indeed, if the trade deals that Walker facilitates hadn't been in place, Trek would have never had the opportunity to outsource jobs.