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.
Last Sunday, I was proud to sign the state's two-year state budget into law in Pleasant Prairie. If I had to sum it up into one sentence, I'd say: Our budget is a win for the hardworking taxpayers.
This budget includes the largest income tax cut in 14 years by providing nearly $1 billion in tax relief to Wisconsin families and small businesses. On top of that, we're continuing to invest in our state by providing hundreds of millions of dollars more for our public schools and over $100 million in workforce development to help close the skills gap and help people find jobs faster.
In an effort to move people from government dependence to true independence, we also introduce a number of reforms in this budget. One reform I'm particularly proud of deals with the food stamp program, and it requires able-bodied adults, without children, to get a job or job training before they are eligible for benefits. Our intention with this program is to provide a helping hand up, not just a handout.
Other great items in this budget include strong property tax controls and a two-year tuition freeze for every student in the University of Wisconsin System.
This budget is a sharp contrast from where we were just two years ago. Our structural reforms, coupled with tough, and prudent, decisions, have led to a great investment in the people of Wisconsin. We’re focused on making life better for the residents of our state, and this budget builds upon a solid foundation for the future.
I hope you and your family have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July.