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NEW INFORMATION: Kleefisch closes tax reform round table to press

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The first in a series of round table discussions about Wisconsin's tax code and possible changes Gov. Scott Walker may seek is closed to the press.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch closed Monday's event at Beloit College. A reporter for the Beloit Daily News tried to attend, but was not allowed in until near the end of the event.

Kleefisch chief of staff Casey Himebauch said Wednesday that is "standard operating procedure" for round table discussions with business leaders. He says, "The majority of the event is closed to the press to allow the participants to speak freely without worrying about what they have to say."

Himebauch says similar events next week in Superior and Eau Claire are by invite only and will also not be open to press.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) --Gov. Scott Walker's administration plans to schedule round table discussions around Wisconsin for people to discuss the state's tax code and propose changes.

Walker says he wants to lower the overall tax burden every year he is in office. The round tables are to discuss the state's tax structure, not any specific proposal.

Walker and the Republican Legislature this year passed a $650 million income tax cut and a $100 million property tax reduction.

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Department Secretary Rick Chandler hosted the first tax reform round table discussion on Monday at Beloit College. Walker says more will be announced in coming weeks.

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