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Video depicts business leaders explaining how to attract, keep firms in Wisconsin

Business meeting (courtesy of Flickr)
Business meeting (courtesy of Flickr)

BELOIT, WI (WTAQ) - A newly-released video shows Wisconsin business leaders explaining how the state should do more to attract new companies and keep the ones that are here.  

The State Journal of Madison used the state Open Records Law to obtain a video of a December 9th meeting in Beloit hosted by Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and Revenue Secretary Rick Chandler.  

A Beloit Daily News reporter was locked out of most of the session, as officials said they wanted to hear business leaders speak their minds.  

About 30 business people were on hand. They called for lower income and property taxes, a higher sales tax, more business loans that did not have to be paid back, looser rules on tax credits, and a simpler tax code.  

The video showed accounting firm partner Kory Stoehr saying that other states offer his business clients millions in tax incentives, and, "luxurious" perks like helicopter rides.  

Kleefisch drew the line there, saying that taxpayers don't want to see state officials wining and dining prospective companies. Kleefisch said the Walker administration was passionate about being accountable to the people who pay the bills.  

The closed door meeting attracted a lot of controversy. Kleefisch vowed that similar sessions in the future would be open to reporters.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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