Could Wisconsin's Foxconn Law Be Open To Legal Challenges?

Sep 21, 2017

This week, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signed a bill that creates a record-setting $3 billion incentives package for the Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn. The electronics giant plans to build a huge factory that will make LCD screens. The company says it will employ 3,000 people at first, eventually creating up to 13,000 jobs. The plant's likely location will be in Racine County.

On Wednesday, attorneys for the state Legislature released an opinion that some portions of the Foxconn law might be unconstitutional. The areas of possible concern don't revolve around the size of the incentives package. Rather, they’re related to provisions lawmakers inserted into the deal, to expedite court rulings on potential litigation against Foxconn.

UW-Madison Political Science professor Howard Schweber explains his take on the possible problem areas of the law.