Skip to comments.One Final Act: Gov. Scott Walker Saves More Than 300 Jobs a Few Weeks Before Leaving Office
Posted on 12/15/2018 3:18:11 PM PST by Kaslin
Outgoing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Thursday announced that the state's economic development agency came to an agreement to save 388 jobs in the northern part of the state. The state agreed to provide a $28 million tax incentive to Kimberly-Clark, a paper good company, to keep its Fox Crossing facility in Neenah.
After the Republican-held legislature refused to take up an bill providing the company with an incentive, Walker vowed to save the jobs the facility provided.
Quite literally, if its the last thing I do, Im going to find a way. Im going to save the jobs at Kimberly-Clark, Walker said. "My priority is on Kimberly-Clark. Its why I asked the Legislature to go into a special session in the first place. Its frustrated me they didnt give me the tools we needed then."
The tax incentives will take place over the next five years, WUWM reported. Part of the deal is that the company must continue to employ 388 people at the Neenah plant, have an annual payroll of over $30 million and invest $200 million in the plant over the next five years. They must also continue to employee 2,400 people across the state.
"This is a pretty good Christmas going forward because we didnt just save your jobs for the short term. This is about a long-term commitment to this company, to this community and to this state," the outgoing Republican governor told workers at the plant," Walker told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I want this to be my legacy, that we protected these kind of jobs, not as a handout but because we knew if we invest in people like you, you wont let us down."
State Democrats, however, aren't happy about the deal. They believe this sends a message to big businesses that the state is willing to cut them a deal, especially after the state brokered a deal to keep electronics manufacturer Foxconn.
Kimberly-Clark is not a failing company. It is a successful company. We dont want them to do that. But we dont bribe them to stay, said state Sen. Janet Bewley (D-Ashland).
Its like walking into a room with a bunch of 8-year-olds and giving one of them a root beer float. And then saying, Sorry, no one gets one unless you ask for it. Pretty soon youre going to have to hand these things out left and right," State Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee) said.
Kimberly-Clark, which makes products like Depends and sanitary supplies, was founded in 1872 in Neenah, Wisconsin. In 1985, the company relocated its headquarters to Texas. And, in January, they announced a plan to close tow plants near Neenah as part of their global restructuring plan. That's when Wisconsin legislators were forced to look at potential legislation to keep the company, the Madison State Journal reported.
Walker took to Twitter to thank the Wisconsin Economic Development Coalition for their work on this issue:
Proud to announce that @kccorp will keep open the Cold Spring Facility in Neenah and retain nearly 400 good-paying jobs! This is a major win for the Fox Valley and for the state of Wisconsin! #WIWorking pic.twitter.com/esQaSBi1t5 Governor Walker (@GovWalker) December 13, 2018
.@kccorp has maintained roots in Wisconsin for over 140 years, glad they have agreed to make a major investment of up to $200 million over the next five years to fuel continued growth and innovation at the Cold Spring Facility! Governor Walker (@GovWalker) December 13, 2018
Thanks to the efforts of @senatorroth, @mrhogan13 and the team at @WEDCnews for working with @kccorp to retain these technical manufacturing jobs in the Fox Valley. We got it done & hundreds of WI workers & their families will benefit! pic.twitter.com/sw7SNbbv7E Governor Walker (@GovWalker) December 13, 2018
Wisconsin is losing a great governor. Evers is nothing but a puppet to the teachers unions.
As always, the Dems see big business as the enemy. As if tax revenues from taxpayers appear out of vapor. No jobs, no tax payors, no revenue. New Jersey loves to demonize its corporations and them wonder why nobody wants to do business here.
"Hand these things out" -- you mean like letting companies keep more of their OWN earnings?
How about reducing your overall corporate tax burden to attract more businesses? Wisconsin is at the high end of corporate taxes and their rate is applied to ALL business income (i.e., there are NO tax brackets).
The people of Wisconsin got the Governor that they wanted. Personally, I would have kept Walker, but that is just me. They got who they wanted, let them live with him.
Smells like corporate welfare to me.
Remember all the jobs the GM bailout was going to save? Let’s hope this turns out differently. Time will tell.
Democrats, believe this sends a message to big business... that the state is willing to cut a deal....
Rats would prefer to use state money to foster welfare dependency, than to save jobs.
What the hell is wrong with people (voters)?? If the past 2 years of crazy leftists, mobs, witch hunts and antifa - along with a stronger economy under Trump - haven’t convinced them, nothing will.
Scott didn’t save anything.
The taxpayers on the hook for he $28 mil did.
agreement to save 388 jobs in the northern part of the state. The state agreed to provide a $28 million tax incentive to Kimberly-Clark
And how many jobs will this theft of taxpayers money cost?
NYS poured billions down this rathole, taxpayer funded bribes.
It doesn’t work for long.
I hate to see what happens to property taxes now that Walker is leaving. I’m dreading the 2019 tax bill.
What we never see is what it would have meant for taxpayers to make their own buying and saving decisions for themselves and their families with their own money.
In this case, Walker takes their money and gives it to others.
Will their be vacations and family memories sacrificed?
Will they retire later than they prefer?
Will they limp along with their own car, instead of upgrading?
Will they carry medical debt they cannot pay off because their money was taken?
Will they be forced to work longer?
And in what way does this do anything to perpetuate a business that shouldn't exist, if it is not profitable??
This is not conservative. It is State Planning. It is Soviet-style annual planning, where the state decides all and people suffer, except a small number of favored citizens, who are supported by the state.
And this does not tell whether other businesses would have been started.
It’ll be interesting, and probably depressing, to see Ever’s liberal agenda and his zest to turn the state back over to the teachers union. Wonder if he’ll out-liberal the new governor of neighboring Minnesota, Tim Walz, who would love to see that state become a sanctuary state. Both new governors are looking to a gasoline tax hike.
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