Will the state Senate pass the Kimberly-Clark bill? It’s currently a half dozen votes short

Will the state Senate pass the Kimberly-Clark bill? It’s currently a half dozen votes short
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The Republican leader of the Wisconsin Senate said Tuesday that six or seven more votes are needed to approve a tax incentive package designed to stop consumer products company Kimberly-Clark from closing a plant near Appleton.

The company has threatened to close the plant, which employs about 390 people.

“Sen. Roth is still talking to members of the Senate on both sides of the aisle, and the votes are not there as of today,” said Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.

Fitzgerald told reporters Tuesday there are 10 or 11 Republicans in support of the bill. It takes 17 votes to pass the bill, meaning a “significant” number of Democrats would be needed to join Republicans in supporting it.

Democrats have said they prefer a different approach to help the paper industry in Wisconsin, rather than the measure that would direct tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer money exclusively to Kimberly-Clark.

Fitzgerald said a number of Republican senators are concerned about the cost of the plan, which would provide up to $100 million in incentives, and setting precedent for other businesses.

“I think there’s people that are just like, ‘Wow, are we going to have to kind of do the same thing if there’s another corporation besides Kimberly-Clark that suddenly announces some type of plant closing?'” Fitzgerald said.

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