Apple escapes mention in a scathing editorial.
From Wisconsin’s Fire Sale for Big Business in Monday’s New York Times:
Gov. Scott Walker had already reached desperate levels of generosity to entice a big electronics company to locate in Wisconsin. Last summer, the governor agreed to an eye-popping $3 billion in state subsidies to secure the arrival of Foxconn, a global manufacturer of flat-panel display screens [! see below]. That amounts to an annual state subsidy (that is, taxpayer money) of $15,000 to $19,000 per promised job — more than five times the typical subsidy, according to job development specialists.
But wait, there’s more, as TV hucksters say: To make it easier for this Taiwanese company to build what is promised as one of the largest economic development projects in United States history — a $10 billion operation supposedly three times as large as the Pentagon — the company will be exempt from the state environmental requirements that other companies have to follow. This means Foxconn can fill in wetlands as it pleases and reroute streams or even create new ones with impunity. The business, which uses potentially polluting chemicals in its manufacturing, will not be required to submit an environmental impact statement to the state, according to The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Note: Foxconn is not just a manufacturer of flat-panel screens, as the Times editorial board cluelessly puts it. It is the world’s largest electronics contract manufacturer and it assembles most of Apple’s iPhones, iPads, MacBooks, etc. If Foxconn’s Wisconsin plant turns out to be both an iPhone factory and a major polluter, you can bet it’s Apple that will get slimed.