A top GOP lawmaker said this week that Republican state senators don’t have enough votes to pass a bill that would offer Foxconn-style incentives to consumer products company Kimberly-Clark. Republicans in the Assembly passed the incentives in February after Kimberly-Clark announced plans for plant closings that would eliminate 600 jobs. > Wisconsin Public Radio
Democratic candidates for governor are split on a proposed $100 million tax incentives package aimed at keeping two Kimberly-Clark Corp. manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin. The incentives, which are modeled after the state’s deal with Taiwanese tech giant Foxconn, resurfaced last week after Kimberly-Clark announced a successful end to negotiations with a labor union. > Wisconsin Public Radio
Republican state Sen. Chris Kapenga says he won’t support a tax break bill to help keep Kimberly-Clark Corp. plants in Wisconsin open. The announcement Wednesday shows how difficult it will be for Republicans to pass the bill required to keep at least two of the company’s plants open in northeast Wisconsin. > Wisconsin Public Radio
State Senate President Roger Roth said Tuesday he hoped the chamber will reconvene this year to approve state incentives for paper giant Kimberly-Clark, in a bid to save as many as 600 jobs in the Fox Valley. The proposed incentives are modeled on the $3 billion in tax credits given last year to Foxconn.> Wisconsin State Journal
Kimberly-Clark Corp. says it’s open to negotiating state incentives to save at least one of two Wisconsin facilities it plans to close. The consumer products giant announced its stance on the Cold Spring facility following a new labor agreement ratified Monday night by United Steelworkers. > Wisconsin Public Radio
The Wisconsin State Journal editorial board writes that as more communities across the state seek a ‘slice of the subsidy pie’, after seeing what Foxconn scored, the Legislature needs to draw a line on such excessive corporate welfare, and it appears the state Senate may be up to the task.
United Steelworkers called on the state Senate this week to hold an immediate vote on the subsidy package designed to keep two Kimberly-Clark Corp. plants in operation in Fox Crossing and Neenah. > Appleton Post Crescent