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Media, public shut out of Lt. Governor's roundtable talks on tax code

Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch
Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch

BELOIT, WI (WTAQ) - The lieutenant governor's office this week promoted a series of roundtable discussions about Wisconsin's tax code, and what changes people would like to see.  

As it turns out, though, the discussions are not open to the general public or the news media.  

The Beloit Daily News tried reporting on Monday's event at Beloit College -- but the newspaper's reporter was not allowed in until close to the end.  

Rebecca Kleefisch chief of staff Casey Himebauch told the AP that it's standard operating procedure for the roundtable discussions with government and business leaders to be closed to reporters.  

He said it lets participants, "speak freely without worrying about what they have to say."  

Those attending are invited -- and Himebauch says the same will apply next week at similar roundtables in Eau Claire and Superior.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)