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UPDATE: New proposals to help WI paper industry

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UPDATE (WKOW) -- Amid a string of layoff announcements, new proposals aim to help one of Wisconsin's biggest industries -- the paper industry.

Those announcements from paper companies -- most recently Kimberly-Clark -- would lead to nearly 1,400 workers losing their jobs.

Several Democratic lawmakers want to create a Papermaker Fund, which would help paper companies make upgrades to meet demands and increase their energy efficiency.

"This is really based on what we've heard from paper companies, what they are saying what their needs are, what they're looking for," Rep. Amanda Stuck (D-Appleton) told WBAY-TV.

Governor Scott Walker says he has no issue with the state offering incentives to companies, but it needs to be worthwhile to Wisconsin as well.

 "We're not going to just give out money unless we have some guarantees that, whether it's the papermaking industry or anyone else, that's going to lead to retain or growing jobs in the state," Walker said. 

Democrats say there needs to be accountability and they would expect companies to retain jobs if they receive the funding.

Governor Walker proposed a different approach. He wants to increase tax credits to keep Kimberly-Clark from closing two plants in the state.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Scott Walker says he wants to offer Kimberly-Clark "the same deal for jobs as Foxconn" to stop the consumer products giant founded in Wisconsin from cutting 600 jobs.

Walker made the comment on Twitter Monday without providing any additional details. The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation says in a tweet it is working with Walker and partners in the Fox Valley "to make a strong case for why Kimberly-Clark should maintain operations" and not close two plants.

The Dallas-based Kimberly-Clark announced last week that it planned to close manufacturing facilities in Neenah and nearby Fox Crossing, resulting in 600 job cuts. Kimberly-Clark makes Kleenex tissue and Huggies diapers.

Walker approved a state incentive package for Foxconn that ties nearly $3 billion from the state if the Taiwanese company creates 13,000 jobs and invests $10 billion.

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