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Outgoing Lt. Gov. Kleefisch wants to stay active after term ends



Rebecca Kleefisch will be leaving Wisconsin state government soon, but she hopes she has helped to make government a little smarter.

The defeat of Gov. Scott Walker last month means that Lieutenant Gov. Kleefisch will also be out of work.

Kleefisch said on WIZM that much of what government tries to do to help people is “super counter intuitive.”

“So, what we’ve tried to do, over the last eight years, is change some of the counterintuitive government programs and do smart things, is that, things just full of common sense,” Kleefisch told WIZM’s Mike Hayes.

Kleefisch cites tax reforms and economic development as ways that the Walker administration worked to improve the state’s economy.

Kleefisch wants to continue being active on the social and economic issues that she was assigned to work on under Walker. She believes that state government often blocks people from making their lives better.

“Get obstacles out of people’s way so they thrive, so they can attach to their American dream, so they can live their fullest life,” Kleefisch said. “I know that that sounds really Susie Sunshine but, at the end of the day, that’s effective government.”

Kleefisch said some families still have not recovered from the recession of a decade ago, even though Wisconsin has about 100,000 new jobs available.  

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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