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.
Once again, gimmicks and tricks were used to balance the state budget that I voted against.
The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WTA) reports, “Increased tobacco taxes, higher vehicle fees, and expanded health care for the poor are a few ways the 2007-09 state budget differs from its predecessors. But when it comes to “balancing the books,” new and old budgets have a lot in common: fund transfers, one-time or unsure revenues, accounting shifts, GAAP and structural deficits, borrowing, and slim balances.”
The state budget contains increased spending, tax increases and a huge structural deficit of $892-million the Legislature will have to grapple with in two years.
Here is the entire WTA report.