The Latest: Deal keeps Wisconsin Kimberly-Clark plant open
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin deal to Kimberly-Clark Corp. (all times local):
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has reached a deal with consumer-products giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. worth up to $28 million over five years to keep a plant open and save nearly 400 jobs.
The deal Walker announced Thursday at the plant in Neenah was reached under powers Walker currently has but that would be taken away under a bill Republicans passed in a lame-duck session last week. Walker called for the bills from the Legislature on Thursday, meaning he has six days to take action on them.
The deal with Kimberly-Clark through the state’s economic development agency. Under the lame-duck bill, the Legislature, not the governor, would have to approve of such deals in the future.
Under the deal, Kimberly-Clark will have to retain 388 jobs with an annual payroll of over $30 million. Walker says Kimberly-Clark will also invest up to $200 million at the plant over the next five years.
Democratic Gov.-elect Tony Evers is renewing his call for Gov. Scott Walker to veto a bill passed in a lame-duck session that would prevent Evers from cutting certain economic development deals on his own.
Evers commented Thursday after the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Walker reached a $25 million deal to keep a Kimberly-Clark plant open near Appleton. The deal he struck would require legislative approval first under one of the lame-duck bills passed last month.
Walker has yet to sign the bills.
Evers says the governor “shouldn’t be hamstrung when it comes to economic development” and called for Walker to veto the measure.
Evers says Republicans “played politics” with Kimberly-Clark for months. A larger tax incentive deal died after Republicans couldn’t get enough votes to pass it in the Senate.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker plans to offer paper-products giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. a deal worth $25 million to keep a plant open and save nearly 400 jobs.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports Thursday that the deal will be done using powers Walker currently has but that would be taken away under a bill Republicans passed in a lame-duck session last week. Walker has yet to take action on the bill.
Walker would offer the incentive to Kimberly-Clark through the state’s economic development agency. Under the lame-duck bill, the Legislature, not the governor, would have to approve of such deals in the future.
Walker’s spokeswoman did not immediately return a message seeking confirmation of the Journal Sentinel report attributed to people familiar with the plan.
Gov. Scott Walker plans to make what he’s calling a “major economic development” announcement at the Kimberly-Clark factory in northeast Wisconsin.
The announcement Thursday comes after the Legislature failed to pass a tax incentive bill during a lame-duck session that company officials said was needed to keep the factory open. It employs about 400 people.
Walker has been working on an alternative incentive package that wouldn’t need legislative approval to save the plant. The bill in the Legislature would have made up to $100 million available to Kimberly-Clark over 15 years.
Walker was to be joined at the announcement by a Kimberly-Clark vice president and Wisconsin Senate President Roger Roth, who represents that area.