MON AM News: Foxconn protests decision that it’s ineligible for tax credits; “Talking Trade” evaluates presidential candidates’ trade policies

— The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. said its waiting for Foxconn’s basis for its objection to the finding that it was ineligible for billions in tax credits. 

“Once Foxconn is able to detail the scope and nature of its evolved project, WEDC stands ready to work on crafting a new agreement that balances the company’s needs with the interests of Wisconsin taxpayers,” WEDC Secretary and CEO Missy Hughes said.

Foxconn objected to WEDC’s determination that the company is ineligible for tax incentives under a contract signed with former Gov. Scott Walker.

In Friday’s objection letter to WEDC, Foxconn wrote it looks forward to continuing its discussions with WEDC in the coming weeks. 

“Despite frustrations and disappointment with WEDC’s decision and the method chosen by the WEDC to inform the Recipients of its determination, it is the Recipients’ intention to continue to work with the WEDC in good faith to resolve this disagreement within the next 30 days in a manner that benefits interested parties, including Racine County and the Village of Mount Pleasant,” said the letter. 

Per the contract, Foxconn was required to object within 14 business days of WEDC’s Oct. 12 denial letter, according to a company spokeswoman. 

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— In the latest “Talking Trade” episode, UW-Madison Prof. Ian Coxhead and M. E. Dey & Co. President Sandi Siegel evaluate President Trump’s trade policy ahead of the election.

They also discuss potential changes with a Joe Biden victory.

The video podcast explores trade issues affecting Wisconsin and the Midwest.

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— Wisconsin has surpassed 2,000 COVID-19 deaths with 228,000 confirmed cases this weekend.

The seven-day average for single-day cases is a record 4,385, double that of 34 days ago, according to the Department of Health Services’ coronavirus dashboard. Roughly 44 percent of the state’s 228,863 cumulative confirmed coronavirus cases were brought on in the month of October.

The state’s case counts are growing due to less vigilance among Wisconsinites, according to the state’s top health officials.

“We see cases escalate and we see the number of contacts from each case growing as people are less vigilant about those things like social distancing and gatherings and the mitigation strategies that we know work,” DHS Secretary Andrea Palm said in a recent health briefing.

According to the CDC, Wisconsin ranks No. 3 in the nation for the number of cases per 100,000 population in the past seven days, behind only the Dakotas. The Badger State also ranks No. 3 in the nation for the number of new cases in the past seven days, following Texas and Illinois. 

Dr. Ryan Westergaard, the state’s chief medical officer, said he’s not surprised that the absence of prevention has caused rapid and widespread infection. But he is surprised that Wisconsin hasn’t slowed the spread.

“Personally and frankly, I’m surprised and disappointed that we’ve failed as much as we have to slow it,” he said. “It’s important to understand that there’s still time to turn this around. We know what to do to reduce transmission, to bend the curve, and we need to do it.”

Westergaard said the worst-case scenario is that the current state of infection in Wisconsin is just the beginning. Based on antibody test surveys, fewer than 10 percent of Wisconsin residents have been infected, meaning 90 percent are still unexposed and susceptible.

“The expectation, if we don’t do very aggressive things to stop the spread, is that this could continue to get worse, but I think it’s so important that we understand we can actually turn the corner,” he said. “But we have to really get organized and really do this well very soon.”

— Seventy-five Wisconsinites passed away on Saturday and Sunday due to coronavirus, bringing the state’s COVID-19 death toll to 2,047. 

The seven-day average for daily deaths due to the virus is at a record 38 deaths per day. 

Five counties account for nearly 50 percent of the state’s death toll. The counties are Milwaukee (593), Waukesha (125), Racine (114), Brown (103) and Kenosha (88).

In two months, Milwaukee County added 100 deaths to its toll. Also experiencing the highest numbers are Outagamie County with 62 new deaths in two months and Marathon County with 47 new deaths.

Florence County has the highest death rate in the state — 4 percent or 8 people of its 223 confirmed COVID-19 cases have passed away. 

Two counties in Wisconsin haven’t reported any COVID-19 deaths: Menominee and Pepin.

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– The Department of Safety and Professional Services has three recent gubernatorial appointments to boards and councils affiliated with the agency.

The trio, appointed by Gov. Tony Evers, include: CLE Consulting President and CEO Dawn McIntosh, Onalaska Care Center Administrator Marissa Janke and Oneida Community Health Center Continuum of Care Director David Larson. 

McIntosh will serve on the 11-member Uniform Dwelling Code Council for a two-year term. Janke was named to the Nursing Home Administrator Examining Board to serve a four-year term. Larson will serve on the Nursing Home Administrator Examining Board, completing the term for a vacated seat. 

“We are pleased to welcome these new members,” DSPS Secretary Crim said. “These are important leadership positions for these industries and for the public, and all of Wisconsin will benefit from their expertise and insight.”

— The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is proposing a special registration for a ginseng pesticide.

Vapam HL is a soil fumigant to control disease, roundworms and weeds in ginseng. Without this control, ginseng root can become infected resulting in abnormal growth, reduced fiber content and potential plant health export issues, according to DATCP.

Vapam HL, manufactured by AMVAC, is currently registered for use on soils after harvest and before planting of various crops in Wisconsin, but not for ginseng. That’s why a special registration is necessary. 

The special registration will allow the pesticide to be applied to soil before planting ginseng.

DATCP is accepting comments for this proposed special pesticide registration until Nov. 9. Comments will be a part of the preliminary environmental assessment record. The preliminary environmental assessment indicates that the proposed registration will not require a full assessment.


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– Rackow Family Sausage Issues Class I Recall for Summer Sausage Products 

– Project to expand supply chains for regional grains to local cafeterias 

– United Effort To Try And Help Wisconsin Farmers And Their Families 

– Potato Sales Exceed 5-Year Records 


– The Wisconsin DNR searches for waste trends and solutions in landfills 


– These experts say the SBA is ‘antiquated.’ They have a plan for a stronger small-business agency. 


– Children’s Wisconsin increases scope of expansion project 

– Advocate Aurora awards $250,000 grants to Hispanic Collaborative, African American Chamber 


– Milwaukee native wins $300,000 investment on ‘Shark Tank’ for blanket product 


– Gov. Evers wants Supreme Court review of capacity limit dispute 


– Briggs & Stratton attains preliminary victory in trade-war case that may boost sales 

– Calibre closing Grafton and Saukville facilities 


– Trump To Visit Kenosha On Eve Of Election Day 

– Biden Brings His Message Of Jobs, Controlling COVID-19 Spread To Milwaukee 

– President Trump Boasts Large Crowd In Green Bay As COVID-19 Cases Surge 


– Kohl’s sets Black Friday hours with stores closed on Thanksgiving Day 


– Potawatomi casino to forge ahead with reduced staff, limited capacity until vaccine arrives 


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– Urban League of Greater Madison: Young people partner with Wisconsin Urban Leagues to get out the vote 

– Clean Power Coalition: As We Energies faces water permit decision, toxic bluff collapse still haunts neighbors