Lawmakers look to save jobs at Kimberly-Clark

Posted: 5:36 PM, Feb 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-02-07 00:12:44Z

Neenah Mayor Dean Kaufert says it's time for the state to step up and try to stop the bleeding in the paper industry.

He says a Republican bill led by local State Senator Roger Roth should be ready to go by the end of this week.

We're not sure of the details inside that bill yet.

On the other side of the aisle, state Democrats are requesting tens of millions of dollars to transition the plants into mills to produce more popular, newer paper.

Kaufert says the proposal is another thing for the legislature to look at.

However, he doesn't want this to become a partisan issue.

"Both parties should have an interest in this issue," Kaufert said. "They should be willing to be creative, and utilize our tax incentive structure."

While both parties are proposing plans, Governor Scott Walker is doing the same.

Walker says he will work with the legislature to approve an increase in job retention tax credits moving it from 7 to 17 percent.

The 17 percent is the same percentage used in the Foxconn investment.