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.
Governor Doyle and legislative Democrats increased the state cigarette tax in the 2009-11 state budget by 75 cents.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) surveyed data from the 15 states and the
Bob Lang, director of
Clearly, the intent of the 42.4 percent cigarette tax increase was not assisting smokers to quit or preventing individuals from starting. The intent was to balance the budget on the backs of smokers.
Read the CDC report here.