Wednesday, September 19, 2018

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Sen. Darling: Not enough votes yet to keep K-C plants open in NE Wis.

MADISON — A Republican leader in the state Senate says there aren’t enough votes yet to pass a tax break bill designed to keep open a pair of Kimberly-Clark Corp. plants in northeastern Wisconsin.

The Dallas-based paper products company said last month it was open to saving the plants if the incentives clear the Legislature.

Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, co-chair of the powerful budget-writing Joint Finance Committee, said during a legislative forum Monday that “right now we probably don’t” have the votes to pass the bill. The Republican-controlled Assembly approved the bill earlier this year.

Republicans have a narrow 18-15 majority in the Senate, and one Republican senator has already said he’s against the bill.

Darling said if the bill were up now, “I don’t think there would be the votes, but I’m not saying there won’t be.”

Talks are continuing with the hope of reaching a deal, she said.

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