The Latest: Walker: We’re working ‘hard’ on Kimberly-Clark

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on work to reach incentive deal for Kimberly-Clark (all times local):

9:30 a.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker says it would be easier to call the state Senate back to vote on an incentive package for Kimberly-Clark after the November election, but the company says it wants action by the end of the month.

Walker told The Associated Press on Wednesday that he’s working “hard” on reaching a deal that can get the necessary votes to pass the Senate. But he says it’s going to need bipartisan support.

Republicans have an 18-15 majority, but Republicans don’t have enough votes for an incentive package designed to save one of two Kimberly-Clark plants in the Fox Valley.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that incentives could save a Fox Crossing plant that employs about 500 people.

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6:04 a.m.

The state Senate majority leader says an incentives package would save one of two Kimberly-Clark plants in the Fox Valley that the company has planned to close.

And, Kimberly-Clark wants a legislative vote on those incentives by the end of the month.

Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald say Kimberly-Clark would close its Neenah nonwoven plant that employs about 110 people. But the incentives could save the plant in Fox Crossing that employs about 500.

The Journal Sentinel reports Kimberly-Clark spokeswoman Brook Smith says the company wants a vote on incentives by Sept. 30.

Fitzgerald says he doesn’t know if legislative leaders could muster enough votes for an incentives package which would cost tens of millions of dollars.

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Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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