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Doyle critical of special session for Kimberly-Clark



Wisconsin Senators will be called into ‘extraordinary’ session next month to vote on a proposed tax break for Kimberly-Clark.


The session, however, won’t happen until Nov. 12, just after the election. That bothers Onalaska lawmaker Steve Doyle.

Doyle thinks that by delaying the session Gov. Scott Walker is making it easier for Republican Senators to agree on taking up the bill.

“I think if we’re going to have a vote on this,” Doyle said, “we should have a vote before the election so that the voters in November can make a decision if their particular representative voted the way they wanted.

“This would be a way, I assume, for them to say, ‘Hey, don’t worry the election’s going to be over at that point. You can vote and not have to worry for at least two years about any consequences.'”

Doyle does not expect the Assembly to be involved in the session, unless there are changes to the offer being made to keep the company from closing a plant in Fox Crossing.

The incentive package is for up to $100 million for Kimberly-Clark. Doyle said other companies could demand similar breaks from the state.

He voted against the Assembly funding bill, which will go before the state Senate. Doyle is concerned about Madison picking ‘winners and losers.’

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.