March 9, 2018


International Women's Day



Click on the image above to view a video from the Wisconsin Assembly Republicans.

Yesterday, we 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 weekend,

Mike


Senate Committee Approves Kimberly-Clark Legislation


This week, 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.

This legislation has already been approved by the State Assembly and now awaits approval by the State Senate.


In the District


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.


Thanks for Visiting!



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 announcement.


Speaking to members of LeadingAge Wisconsin


Myself and Morgan Hinckley, Director of Brewster Village in Appleton

Yesterday, I 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 area.


Legislative Website


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