MADISON, Wis. — State Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, said the announcement by Kimberly-Clark to close two mills in the Fox Valley and fire 600 employees as a result was “sad news” in a statement on Wednesday. 

“It is especially concerning given that the closings come on the heels of Kimberly-Clark’s announcement that they would use savings generated by the Trump/Republican corporate tax cut to fund the shutdown of these mills and to fire 600 Wisconsin workers,” he said. “While this may be good news for Kimberly-Clark’s shareholders, it comes at the expense of 600 workers and their families who now face an uncertain future in a state where the Governor (Scott Walker) seems not only out of touch with the true state of our economy, but who is also unconcerned about the number of good paying jobs that keep disappearing.”

Hansen also said he was disappointed in Walker for giving tax dollars to Taiwanese company Foxconn to help workers across the Illinois border, rather than commit money to the situation with Kimberly-Clark. 

“Rather than commit billions of tax dollars to a gambit that at best will help a small part of the it makes more sense to invest in Wisconsin’s existing employers and employees, help local entrepreneurs from around the state start and grow new businesses, and provide the education and infrastructure that will set Wisconsin apart from the competition,” Hansen suggested. “Doing that will not only help keep jobs like the those being lost in the Fox Valley, but it will make all of Wisconsin attractive to outside investors for years to come.”