Governor Jim Doyle described to the International Trade Commission what he calls unfair trading practices in the paper industry. Appleton Papers is the main petitioner in a case that accuses foreign governments of subsidizing paper exports to sell at a below market cost in Doyle is calling for a "leveling of the playing field. He says the ITC can figure out how much other countries subsidize and take action to by issuing tariffs or duties to ensure competitive pricing. Appleton Papers is a state of the art company with produces 60 percent of the American product of high quality thermal paper used in things like ATM's. Doyle says this is not protectionism of an old, outdated plant but rather a company "that can be profitable." Senator Herb Kohl as well as Congressmen Steve Kagen and Tom Petri also testified at Thursday's hearing. It coincided with former employees of the New Page paper mill in Kimberly rallying at the State Capitol.
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