Every Wednesday at noon, Ryan Schleicher, Evan Rytlewski, and Matt Wild take to the WMSE airwaves to discuss all things Milwaukee. This half-hour fun-fest is called The Disclaimer, so named because none of the oft-ridiculous views expressed on the show necessarily reflect the views of the hosts’ employers. Milwaukee music, Milwaukee art, Milwaukee events, and D.I.Y. lawn care tips are frequently discussed—and rarely agreed upon. The Disclaimer: Talk radio for the sane.
By now you’ve heard the news: Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics manufacturing behemoth, is planning to build a $10 billion LCD plant in southeastern Wisconsin. The seismic project (Foxconn’s first facility in the United States) could create up to 13,000 jobs, and lead to the creation of 22,000 “indirect jobs.” Which, holy shit, is great news, right? Ryan, Evan, Matt, and the rest of state aren’t so sure. To help sort things out, Milwaukee Business Journal reporter Dan Shafer drops by the WMSE studios to explain the good, the bad, and the unknown of the Foxconn deal. Discussed: the state’s $3 billion incentive package, a state that may have offered more incentives than Wisconsin, Foxconn’s broken promises in Pennsylvania, the exact location of the plant, and what it all means—if anything—for the City of Milwaukee.