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 conference committee on the state budget has convened. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau has provided the committee the following information about the budget worked out in secret by Democrats on the conference committee:
The total all funds increase in spending in the budget is 6.8 percent totaling an astounding $4 billion.
The increase in taxes and fees is, remember, we are in a recession, $2.1 billion.
Property taxes would increase on a median valued home by $90 in the first year of the biennium and $130 in the second year. Property taxes increase by $1.5 billion over the biennium.
This budget borrows an additional $2.9 billion.
This budget creates a structural deficit of $2.3 billion.
This budget taxes more, spends more, borrows more, and fails to protect the middle class.
I will be voting no.