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Gov. Walker says he'll continue fight to save Kimberly-Clark jobs

 

Outgoing Gov. Scott Walker and other Republican leaders are hoping there's still a chance to save a Kimberly-Clark factory in Fox Crossing and nearly 400 jobs there.

An incentives bill worth about $100 million stalled in the legislature, with the Senate never taking it up during its lame-duck session earlier this week, despite the governor's urging to get it passed.

Republicans in control of the Senate couldn't wrangle enough support within the party to get it passed.

The governor tweeted Friday morning, "I asked the Senate to take up a bill to keep hundreds of good paying Kimberly Clark jobs in Wisconsin. They didn’t. So now I’m trying to figure other ways to keep them here."

A few hours later he tweeted, "More people are working in Wisconsin this year than ever before - that’s our real legacy. And that’s why my focus is on fighting to keep the Kimberly Clark jobs."

Options include incentives that may not need legislative approval.

State Sen. Roger Roth (R-Appleton) tells us legislative options are being looked at, too.

"At the end of the day I don't care how it gets done, we just need to make that, and that's why I'm using my voice and working with the company and working with the union and working with those in government to see what we can do here to pull this together before the end of the year," Roth said.

Roth didn't elaborate on what lawmakers might consider to keep the plant open.

The company has said the Cold Spring plant will close without the tax incentives. Kimberly-Clark's Neenah nonwovens plant is also being shuttered as part of a restructuring plan.

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