Kimberly Clark paper manufacturer could be getting $100 million from the state to keep a plant open in Wisconsin.
That proposal passed through the state Assembly earlier this year and could see a special session for the state Senate before the year ends, but its not clear whether or not it has the votes to pass there.
The state’s finance committee hear public testimony about the deal today.
The Kimberly Clark bill is an attempt to keep the paper products manufacturer in the state, and save hundreds of jobs in the Fox Valley.
Kimberly Clark says with the incentives package, they’d invest $500 million in Wisconsin.
Testimony in front of state lawmakers got emotional for many Kimberly Clark employees today.
Barry Hall is an employee at the Cold Spring plant. He asked lawmakers to pass the bill at the hearing today. He says not doing so would mean a devastating loss of high paying jobs in the Fox Valley.
He says Kimberly Clark deserves the deal because of their history in Wisconsin, unlike other corporations who might want to benefit from a similar deal.
Karmen Jones is also an employee at the Cold Spring plant. But she says corporate greed on the part of Kimberly Clark is to blame for their threat to close, which she says has already forced many employees to leave. “We are running on bare bones right now… even in all this adversity, we are making that mill run which speaks volumes about the people and their integrity,” she says. “Kimberly Clark does not care about their employees.”
Republican Senator Roger Roth says comparisons to the $3 billion incentives package with Foxconn aren’t valid. “What we are doing here is build a Wisconsin business with Wisconsin jobs.. And we are looking to grow and expand upon that.”
But Roth also said the votes to pass the bill in the state senate “aren’t there right now.” Democratic Senator Jon Erpenbach says Republicans haven’t reached out to Democrats for their votes, meaning the bill doesn’t have a clear path forward in the senate right now.