Eau Claire (WQOW) – We are less than one month away from the fall primary, and Tuesday, the leading Marquette Poll’s leading Democrat in the governor’s race stopped by the News 18 studio.
Tony Evers was the only Democrat to crack double-digits in the poll, with 31 percent of support. However, 38 percent of those polled are still undecided in the race.
Many Democrats are campaigning against the Foxconn deal. Recently, the company announced it was opening two locations in downtown Eau Claire.
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Tuesday, Evers said, if elected, he will not advocate for ending the deal, but he does plan to change the terms.
"What we have to do is make sure that money that’s been invested is invested wisely," Evers said. "We have to make sure that all the state benefits from Foxconn. We have to hold their feet to the fire on all sorts of issues that, frankly, Scott Walker walked away on. Environmental issues, pay issues, making sure that there is good paying jobs for people."
Evers said the state has leverage on Foxconn because it’s paying for much of the infrastructure around the Racine County plant.
Evers also spoke about road funding, which has been a hot topic in our area following the Eau Claire County Board’s decision to implement a wheel tax.
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The $30 per-vehicle fee is meant to repair local roads, and pay down debt accrued from borrowing for projects. County officials say it is needed because state funding has been steadily declining. Evers said that has to change.
"Whether it’s bridges in western Wisconsin or roads in northern Wisconsin, they’re in poor shape," Evers said. "We’re 49th out of 50 if we look at infrastructure in general. If we want to value economic development, we need to do something. So, we’re either going to have to find ways to make sure government is as efficient as possible, or we’re going to have to find new revenue streams, bottom line."
He said he would put all options on the table, but does support the implementation of a gas tax.
Evers will face seven other candidates in the primary on August 14. The winner there will face Governor Walker in the general election.