The April 10 Journal Times reported a meeting of community leaders discussing issues related to Foxconn, including transportation. A few pages later the Republican Governors Association was giving $5 million in ads to Governor Walker’s campaign.
Neither article mentioned that among Walker’s first short sighted acts as governor, he canceled the train which would have connected us to Milwaukee and Chicago. It probably would have been finished and running by now. This cost Wisconsin a lot of jobs, both in construction of the railroad and in connection to jobs in other cities.
In 2013 we were listed by the Fiscal Times as among the five worst states in recovery from recession. In 2016, the U.S. grew private sector jobs at a rate of 1.3 percent, while Wisconsin grew private sector jobs by 0.5 percent and actually lost manufacturing jobs, according to WISCONTEXT. The train would have cut down on traffic congestion, pollution, and expensive road construction.
Enter Foxconn: all those connections to workers and services and for local residents to access educational and training opportunities for Foxconn jobs lost. When voting for governor, let’s remember this missed opportunity.
Connie Hohlfeld Molbeck