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Kimberly-Clark tax break bill to get hearing, vote uncertain

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A $100 million tax-break bill designed to keep the paper-products giant Kimberly-Clark Corp. from closing an Appleton-area plant will get a public hearing in the Legislature, but its chances of being approved remains uncertain.

The Assembly passed the bill earlier this year but it stalled in the Senate. Without it, Kimberly-Clark has said it plans to close a Fox Crossing plant that employs about 500 people.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, a Republican, would not commit on Thursday to having the Senate vote on the bill. Instead, he says the Legislature’s budget committee will hold a hearing on it Tuesday.

There aren’t enough Republican votes to pass the measure. Fitzgerald says if enough Democrats cross over and support it, the Senate would convene later this month to vote on it.

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