Walker sug­gests new tax­payer in­cen­tives pos­si­ble for Kim­berly-Clark

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MADI­SON - Gov. Scott Walker in a tweet sug­gested a new tax­payer­funded in­cen­tive pack­age could be pos­si­ble for Kim­berly-Clark, but his of­fice won’t re­lease de­tails re­gard­ing the ef­fort.

Ear­lier this week, the state Se­nate de­cided not to take up a $70 mil­lion plan to keep or cre­ate 440 jobs in the Fox Val­ley at a plant that makes De­pends un­der­gar­ments and other per­sonal care prod­ucts.

And on Fri­day, Walker tweeted: “Now I’m try­ing to fig­ure other ways to keep them here.”

But Walker’s of­fice and the Wis­con­sin Eco­nomic Devel­op­ment Corp. won’t di­vulge any de­tails about the gov­er­nor’s ef­fort, so it’s not clear how much money would be of­fered and whether it would be done in a way that would re­quire the Re­pub­li­can-con­trolled Leg­is­la­ture to re­turn for an­other lame-duck ses­sion to ap­prove the mea­sure be­fore Demo­crat Tony Evers be­comes gov­er­nor in early Jan­uary.

“WEDC Sec­re­tary Mark Ho­gan has been ac­tively en­gaged with Kim­ber­lyClark since Day One in an ef­fort to en­sure the com­pany’s con­tin­ued pres­ence in the Fox Val­ley,” WEDC spokesman Mark Ma­ley said. “How­ever, WEDC does not com­ment on the sta­tus of pend­ing or po­ten­tial eco­nomic devel­op­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Walker tweeted af­ter WisPol­i­tics re­ported Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Scott Fitzger­ald, R-Juneau, said Walker asked Ho­gan to pur­sue a pack­age for Kim­berly-Clark sep­a­rate from the leg­is­la­tion that stalled in his cham­ber.

“I’ve been told there’s a lot of ac­tion that is still go­ing on be­tween WEDC and Kim­berly-Clark,” Fitzger­ald told WisPol­i­tics.

Spokeswomen for Kim­berly-Clark did not re­spond to ques­tions about Walker’s plans.

Kim­berly-Clark an­nounced in Jan­uary it planned to shed up to 5,500 em­ploy­ees and close or sell 10 plants world­wide.

Among those tar­geted for clo­sure are its fa­cil­i­ties in Neenah and Fox Cross­ing, and Walker and law­mak­ers sought to save the Wis­con­sin jobs.

The com­pany has said it will close the Neenah fa­cil­ity, which em­ployed about 110 peo­ple ear­lier this year. It has left open the op­tion of keep­ing open the Fox Cross­ing fa­cil­ity known as the Cold Spring plant that ear­lier this year had about 500 jobs.

The failed in­cen­tive pack­age would have saved 388 jobs and al­lowed the com­pany to hire 52 more work­ers, for a to­tal of 440 jobs, ac­cord­ing to John Deitrich, vice pres­i­dent of global man­u­fac­tur­ing for Kim­berly-Clark.

Like most man­u­fac­tur­ers in Wis­con­sin, Kim­berly-Clark pays vir­tu­ally no state cor­po­rate in­come tax.

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