Wednesday, September 19th

Kimberly-Clark Corp.’s Cold Spring facility in Fox Crossing is the plant legislators aim to keep open.(Photo: Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Gov. Scott Walker urged state senators Thursday to return to Madison this month to pass a multimillion-dollar incentive package for a Fox Valley company in exchange for keeping at least one of its two area plants open.

Walker told reporters in Milwaukee he's working to find 17 votes in the Senate to pass the package that was approved by the state Assembly in February but failed to gain traction in the Republican-controlled Senate before lawmakers concluded their work for the year.

That means Walker likely needs Democrats to agree to vote for the package by Sept. 30 — when Kimberly-Clark Corp. plans to decide whether to close two of its Wisconsin plants. But it's uncertain how many lawmakers of either party would vote to pass the measure for the maker of paper and hygiene products.