Governor Scott Walker says that legislative leaders have called for an Extraordinary Session on November 12th regarding Kimberly-Clark and keeping their Cold Spring facility in Fox Crossing open.
The bill would grant the company more than $100 million in tax incentives. Assembly Bill 963 will be taken up by the Senate, which was approved by members of the Assembly earlier this year. This comes after the state Senate missed the September 30th deadline this week.
“If we can get this done in November, they’re looking to do a potential half billion dollar investment over the next 15 years to grow and expand this facility,” said Republican Senator, Roger Roth, who is in support of the company. “If we weren’t able to get it done, not only will we lose the jobs here, but we would lose hundreds of jobs around the state from those 237 other businesses that go into it.”
Democratic Senator, David Hansen, believes that not only will this bill fail to get bipartisan support, but many Republicans will also turn it down.
“That company should be reasonable and they shouldn’t be pushing the state to this level, and I think it’s a mistake.”
Governor Walker says, “This is a major step forward in achieving our goal.” He added, “My message to Kimberly-Clark employees is simple: we are fighting for you. We are working together to keep your jobs in Wisconsin.”
Kimberly-Clark told Local 5 they will delay the decision whether to close or keep the facility open until after the November 12th session.