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Thursday - September 13, 2018 5:57 am

State likely won't meet deadline for Kimberly Clark bailout

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At first, they didn't even ask the state for help. Now paper maker Kimberly Clark says Wisconsin lawmakers must act quickly if they hope to save hundreds of jobs in the Fox Valley. The paper maker announced in January its plans to close two plants in that part of the state, putting more than 600 people out of work. Some Madison politicians, in the wake of the historic Foxconn incentive package, thought the state should help Kimberly Clark too. Kimberly Clark wisely jumped at the opportunity for free cash, and said if the legislature could craft a deal, they would keep one of their Wisconsin plants open. That deal is having a hard time getting done, and right now there is no package to vote on. Kimberly Clark says it needs to have a deal in place by the end of this month or the plant will have to close. But Wisconsin lawmakers aren't currently in session, and aren't scheduled to be for the rest of the year. The Governor could call a special session, but its not clear the votes are there. That may be for the best. This package would cost Wisconsin taxpayers more than $100 million over 15 years. The state can't afford to keep using our money to bail out troubled companies. If they do, it likely won't take long before other Wisconsin companies start sticking their hands out looking for their share.

Scott Robert Shaw

Scott Robert Shaw is the Program Director for both 1410 WIZM and 580 WKTY.   He's currently the morning news anchor on 1410 WIZM, Z93 and 95-7 The Rock.  He joined Mid-West Family Broadcasting as a reporter/anchor in 1989 and served as News Director from 1990-2015.   He's been the winner of several Wisconsin Broadcaster's Association awards for Best Editorial in Wisconsin.  He enjoys traveling, bicycling and cooking.

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