Wisconsin, like other states, spends a lot of money and resources to lure businesses to the state, or, as recent history shows, keeping businesses who found that they can attract goodies by threatening to move their operations elsewhere.
A case in point is Mercury Marine, owned by the Brunswick Corporation. In 2009 the firm said it was moving operations to Stillwater, Oklahoma causing the Doyle administration and local officials to go ape shit.
Even though this was more of a union-busting move on Mercury's part, they managed to bludgeon state and local governments out of $123 million in financial incentives to say nothing of the concessions union employees had to swallow to make the deal come together and keep Mercury in Wisconsin.
Business incentives have a way of getting "baked into the cake" because of their cumulative effect over time. Wisconsin spends just over $1.5 billion a year on these business tax breaks. By stacking tax breaks Mercury Marine, although profitable, has managed to avoid state corporate taxes since 2009.
So what if I said there was a business willing to come to Wisconsin, bringing with it