Lawmakers Back Creation of Wisconsin Paper Caucus

By Michael Leischner, WSAU

MADISON, WI (WSAU) -- Four area lawmakers have teamed up to form the bipartisan Wisconsin Paper Caucus in Madison.

State Representatives Scott Krug (R-Nekoosa) and Katrina Shankland (D-Stevens Point), as well as Senators Tom Tiffany (R- Minocqua) and Janet Bewley (D- Mason) will comprise the caucus, with Krug tabbed as the chair and Shankland serving as the vice-chair in the Assembly. Tiffany and Bewley will be the Senate chair and vice-chair, respectively.

According to a release from Shankland's office, the Caucus will also welcome a representative from Governor Ever's office along with others from the paper industry outside of the capitol.

“The papermaking, forestry, and printing industries are crucial pillars of our state’s heritage and its economy, and I am thrilled to launch the Wisconsin Paper Caucus with my colleagues," said Shankland.

"As Vice Chair, I look forward to working with legislators, the Wisconsin Paper Council, and stakeholders from across the state to educate people about the importance and vitality of these industries and to develop effective policies that will help sustain them. I’m proud of our papermaking heritage and the family-supporting jobs our paper and forestry industries have provided for generations of Wisconsinites, and I am committed to supporting policies that protect these good jobs for future generations to come.”

The Wisconsin Paper Council applauded Tuesday's announcement, saying the caucus will help form common-sense policy solutions to help sustain and promote the paper manufacturing industry in Wisconsin.

Governor Tony Evers released a statement saying “I am hopeful that the bipartisan Paper Caucus will lead to a long-term plan for keeping this important industry thriving in Wisconsin.”

According to the Wisconsin Paper Council, papermaking supports more than 31,000 jobs statewide.