State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) represents parts of four counties: Milwaukee, Waukesha, Racine, and Walworth. Her Senate District 28 includes New Berlin, Franklin, Greendale, Hales Corners, Muskego, Waterford, Big Bend, the town of Vernon and parts of Greenfield, East Troy, and Mukwonago. Senator Lazich has been in the Legislature for more than a decade. She considers herself a tireless crusader for lower taxes, reduced spending and smaller government.
The Time is Now
Since July 2012, I have been requesting an audit of the Government Accountability Board (GAB) and was thrilled the Joint Audit Committee Co-Chairs scheduled a meeting to approve the audit. Last week Friday, April 19 2013, the Committee Chairs sent out a notice the meeting to approve the audit was cancelled.
Delaying approval of the audit concerns me. It is imperative that the GAB audit get back on track, and I am working to get the audit re-scheduled. It has been stalled for far too long. A healthy democracy, relies on checks and balances. Confidence in the practices and procedures implemented and practiced in our electoral process is second to nothing else in the operations of our government.
The GAB was created during 2007 and has not been audited. It is rare for a state agency to go five years without auditing. The GAB is open to the audit, and welcomes an evaluation of its policies and procedures so they may operate an efficient agency and implement fair elections.
Elections are the backbone of our democracy. Every voter deserves to have confidence that our electoral process is implemented and maintained with integrity and fairness. When voters lack confidence in their electoral process, the confidence of the entire government system weakens.
Thursday, April 25, 2013, my colleagues and I serving on the Joint Finance Committee took the first Committee votes about Governor Walker’s 2013-2015 budget proposal. Our first actions Thursday reduced all funds spending $3.1 million, reduced general purpose revenue spending $800,000, reduced 33 positions, and reduced bonding authority $52 million.
The agenda included budgets or portions of budgets about specific programs within state agencies including, the Department of Natural Resources, Tourism, Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, Military Affairs, the Environmental Improvement Fund, the Board of Commissioners of Public Lands, the Fox River Navigational System Authority, and the Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board.
While this was a great first start, there are many decisions ahead of us. As your representative and member of the Joint Finance Committee, I am committed to a smaller government and reduced state spending.
Watch JFC's First Executive Session
Public Hearing About Milwaukee County Board Bill
As Chair of the Senate Elections and Urban Affairs Committee, I listened to public testimony about Senate Bill 95 (SB 95) Wednesday, April 24, 2013.
SB 95 proposes a referendum at the spring 2014 election for Milwaukee County voters to vote to reduce the salary of Milwaukee County Board Supervisors.
Lawmakers, elected County Officials and other interested persons testified to the Committee. The public hearing began at 9:30 AM and adjourned just before 3:00 PM