Conservatively Speaking

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.

State Budget Watch: I moved to kill auto insurance rate increases

State budget

During early budget deliberations on the floor of the state Senate today, I offered an amendment to remove a provision that would increase your auto insurance premiums by mandating motorists take on additional coverage.

I have talked with agents in the insurance industry and they assure me that auto insurance rates will increase. They explain consumers are beginning to pay their premiums in installments due to the poor economy and are likely to drop their auto insurance, creating great risk.

Why would we want to encourage motorists to do away with insurance?

We need to have mercy on the people of this state struggling and already stretching their auto insurance payments. This provision penalizes decent people paying their bills and continuing to have coverage.

I am sure you have seen investigative TV news reports that show people making court appearances for driving without licenses leaving the courtroom and climbing into a car and driving away. The state can’t seem to get a handle on this problem. So what does the state do? It mandates increases in auto insurance for law-abiding citizens.

We are fortunate in Wisconsin to have generally low auto insurance rates.  Must we ruin everything that’s good about our great state?

The auto insurance increase is unforgiveable because of our poor economy. It is also embarrassing.

My amendment failed on a vote of 15-18 along party lines.

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