By Terry Kovarik
The Wisconsin State Senate is currently reviewing a 100-million-dollar incentive package designed to save 610 jobs by keeping two Kimberly Clark plants in Wisconsin open. K-C announced in January it was closing its Neenah and Cold Springs plants as part of a company-wide workforce reduction. The Wisconsin State Assembly approved the plan in April. But it’s facing slower action in the state senate. Senators from both parties have questions about the cost of wage incentives to be covered by the state. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation says those incentives could cost taxpayers between 101-million and 117-million dollars over 15-years. The two candidates for Wisconsin’s 1st Senate district have differing views on the package. Republican Andre Jacque says he stands by his vote in the Assembly.
Incumbent senator, democrat Caleb Frostman wants more answers.
For now, Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald has not set a date for a vote on the Kimberly Clark Incentive package.