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Wisconsin economic development head defends Foxconn contract

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The head of Wisconsin’s economic development agency is defending the state’s contract with Foxconn Technology Group, even as Gov. Tony Evers says it’s being renegotiated.

Mark Hogan, CEO of the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, told reporters on Tuesday that “we have a solid contract” with Foxconn. He also defended how informed he’s kept legislative leaders about the deal, saying he’s told them what they need to know.

Hogan declined to answer a question from Democratic state Sen. Tim Carpenter during an informational hearing about the status of the contract. In speaking with reporters afterward, Hogan also refused to get into details about possible changes, saying he doesn’t talk about contract negotiations publicly.

Evers has said he doesn’t think Foxconn will employ 13,000 people as it originally said it would. Hogan says, “They continue to make that commitment.”

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