International Women's Day
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celebrated International Women's Day. I am proud to work with my female
colleagues in the Legislature, and I would like to thank them and all women
who are serving in their community. Take the time to recognize a woman who
has been inspirational in your life.
Have a nice
Approves Kimberly-Clark Legislation
I testified on legislation I co-authored with Senate President Roger Roth (R–Appleton) and Assembly Majority
Leader Jim Steineke (R –Kaukauna) addressing Kimberly-Clark's global
restructuring plan. The legislation also passed out of the Senate Committee on
Economic Development, Commerce and Local Government this week.
This bill authorizes
the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation to certify the facilities in Neenah and Fox
Crossing to be eligible for a 17% jobs tax credit for existing jobs paying
$30,000-$100,000 and/or a 15% capital investment credit. The legislation does
include a claw-back provision if Kimberly-Clark fails to maintain employment
levels or its capital investment required by the contract.
Kimberly-Clark, the largest manufacturer in the Fox Cities, recently
announced a global restructuring plan which will affect 5,000 employees and
close 10 plants worldwide. Two of the manufacturing facilities affected are
in the Fox Cities and make up 600 of those jobs. Currently, Kimberly-Clark
employs over 3,000 individuals in the Fox Cities area and is the 3rd largest
employer in the region.
Kimberly-Clark has been a vital part of the Fox Cities community for over
140 years. These plants employ our friends and neighbors with good,
family-supporting jobs. Along with Senator Roth and
Representative Steineke, I have worked with local officials, Governor
Walker, and the appropriate state agencies to come up with a plan. We look
forward to working with Kimberly-Clark to find a solution and help to keep
these jobs here in the Fox Cities.
legislation has already been approved by the State Assembly and now awaits
approval by the State Senate.
This morning I
attended the Cooperative Educational Service Agency 6 (CESA 6) Legislative
Breakfast in Oshkosh. I had a very productive conversation with school
superintendents, school board members, and school administrators regarding
school safety in our local area. I appreciate the input from all parties and
look forward to working together on this topic and others in the future.
Abe Weber, Director of the Appleton
International Airport, and myself
This week, Abe
Weber, Director of the Appleton International Airport (ATW), stopped by the
Capitol to brief us on everything happening at our local airport. Abe has
been doing a fantastic job at ATW and is overseeing some great new
development opportunities, including Gulfstream's recent expansion
Speaking to members of LeadingAge Wisconsin
Myself and Morgan Hinckley, Director of Brewster Village in Appleton
was invited to speak at a conference for LeadingAge Wisconsin. LeadingAge is
a senior advocacy group that is committed to advancing the fields of
long-term care, assisted living, and retirement living. The organization is
made up of providers from around the state, including several in the Fox
Cities area. After the conference, I was able to meet with providers from
Northeast Wisconsin to discuss their industry and the impact it has in our
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