Republican Kapenga comes out against helping Kimberly Clark

MADISON, Wis. - Republican state Sen. Chris Kapenga says he won't support a tax break bill to help keep Kimberly-Clark Corp. plants in Wisconsin open.

The announcement Wednesday shows how difficult it will be for Republicans to pass the bill required to keep at least two of the company's plants open in northeast Wisconsin.

Republicans hold an 18-15 majority in the Senate. Without Kapenga, all remaining Republicans would have to vote for the bill unless a Democrat would flip.

Kimberly-Clark said earlier this year it would close two plants in Wisconsin and eliminate 610 jobs. The state Assembly passed a tax incentive bill designed to keep the company in the state, but the Senate never voted on it.

Kimberly-Clark said a newly approved union agreement coupled with the state incentives could keep the plants open.

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