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.
Senate Bill 600 (SB 600) is the most blatantly hypocritical bill that I have seen before the state Legislature this session. There have been a lot of bills by Democrats that are supposed to do one thing, and pretty much do something else. But, SB 600 takes the cake.
SB 600, before the state Senate Small Business Committee that I serve as a member, would impose penalties on businesses that hire illegal immigrants; however, the bill fails to address state government payment for services provided to illegal immigrants.
The bill says companies may not employ illegal immigrants. Seemingly, that would be a dastardly thing. However, the bill says illegal immigrants are welcome to stay in
SB 600 penalizes companies that hire illegal immigrants. Under the bill, a company that hires an illegal immigrant would be ineligible to:
- receive income or franchise tax credits or property tax exemptions;
- enter into contracts with the state or local governments for work on public works or building, or for providing supplies or services; and
- receive any grants or loans from a local governmental unit.
The ineligibility would last for seven years.
It was coincident that there were news stories Wednesday’s, the same day as the SB 600 public hearing, about an Arizona Law clamping down on illegal immigrants. The Wall Street Journal reports:
I inquired of the author of SB 600, state Senator Dave Hansen (
I suggested that if the state was serious about the problem, Senator Hansen’s bill should be amended to include provisions similar to what
Senator Hansen made it clear he was not receptive, emphatically and repeatedly stating that his bill goes after bad companies and that he would not support any changes. Hansen’s reaction exemplifies the anti-business sentiment and government social program spending that has plagued this legislative session. An unwillingness to consider toughening the legislation to provide security of illegal immigrants is hypocrisy suggesting proponents of the bill lack serious motivation to aggressively attack the serious problem of government spending.
SB 600 is scheduled for a committee vote Wednesday, April 21, 2010. I hope Senator Hanson will agree to an amendment; otherwise I will be voting no.