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Democrats question Foxconn project scope

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democratic legislators are renewing criticisms of Foxconn Technology Group’s plans for the construction of a flat-screen plant in Mount Pleasant.

Foxconn has said it wants to build a $10 billion plant to produce large flat screens. The Taiwanese company says the project could create 13,000 jobs. Republican legislators handed the company $3 billion worth of incentives last year.

Foxconn altered those plans in June, however, saying it build a smaller factory to produce smaller screens and that its factory for large screens would come later.

Assembly Minority Leader Gordon Hintz and Rep. Dana Wachs held a news conference on Wednesday questioning Foxconn’s transparency. Wachs said the project could be “the mother of all bait-and-switches.”

Foxconn has said it’s committed to investing the $10 billion it promised and creating 13,000 jobs. A spokesman for Gov. Scott Walker, Tom Evenson, tweeted that Democrats will say anything to hurt the governor.

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