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August 2, 2017


Marquette experts comment on Foxconn announcement

Marquette president says university is ready to assist Foxconn

Marquette President Michael R. Lovell said the entire region will need to address the skills gap that comes with new jobs expected from Foxconn. “You’re talking 13,000 jobs; that’s a significant workforce the whole region needs to help develop,” he said. “We need to help prepare our students to move into the jobs that Foxconn is going to be generating.”

Stories aired on WISN-TV (ABC 12), WITI-TV (FOX 6) and WDJT-TV (CBS 58), July 27, 2017

David Clark, executive associate dean and professor of economics, discussed the impact Foxconn will have on job opportunities in Wisconsin. "You can always attract workers if you raise the wage enough," Clark said.

Story appeared in Bloomberg, July 30, 2017

Abdur Chowdhury, professor of economics, discussed estimates by Gov. Scott Walker’s administration that Foxconn will create at least 22,000 indirect and induced jobs throughout the state, many other new businesses, new housing and other economic activity. “That’s what the state is banking on,” Chowdhury said.

Story appeared on Politifact, Aug. 2, 2017

Carmel G. Ruffolo, associate vice president for research and innovation, commented on the recent Foxconn announcement to open a manufacturing facility in Wisconsin. "I think there are going to be opportunities across the board,” Ruffolo said. “It really is a whole village that is going to be impacted.”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, July 30, 2017

Doug Fisher, director of the center for supply chain management, discussed how the new Foxconn location will impact Racine County. “They tend to align their supply base near those operations,” Fisher said.

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and The Journal Times, July 29, 2017

Similar story appeared on WisPolitics, July 28, 2017

Nadelle Grossman, associate professor of law, said a memorandum of understanding between the state of Wisconsin and Foxconn is not legally binding. “There is not a lot of detail,” Grossman said. “A court wouldn’t be able to enforce it as a contract.”

Story appeared in the Milwaukee Business Journal, Aug. 2, 2017

Jay Bayne, research professor of mathematics, statistics and computer science, discussed the recent influx of workers coming from outside of Wisconsin and how they could help Foxconn decide whether to build a factory in southeastern Wisconsin. "The whole exercise of learning how to dance with global companies, global electronic manufacturing companies, is going to teach us something really important."

Story appeared on WisBusiness, July 25, 2017


Other media coverage

Julia Azari, associate professor of political science, wrote an op-ed arguing that President Donald Trump entered as a weak president and has made himself weaker during his first six months. “Trump, in other words, has made a difficult situation worse,” she wrote.

Op-ed appeared on Fivethirtyeight, Aug. 1, 2017

Paul Secunda, professor of law and director of the Labor and Employment Law Program, discussed the recent federal investigation alleging that the U.S. Postal Service violated the Hatch Act and how the law is evolving. "We don’t want rank-and-file government employees to be political when they’re carrying the government’s work," Secunda said. "We want the government to be neutral and not endorse either candidate or any party."

Story aired on Wisconsin Public Radio, July 31, 2017

Howard Fuller, distinguished professor of education and director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning, discussed black educators criticizing the teacher’s union for comparing school choice to segregation. Fuller says the discussion boils down to power and control. “And I would argue that for those of us who believe that low-income and working class parents ought to have choice, we’re trying to as best we can represent the interest of those families because I believe that having choice empowers them,” Fuller said.

Story appeared on The Stream, July 25, 2017

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