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.
What did Governor Doyle expect?
After announcing the Wisconsin Covenant, a program designed to offer financial aid to high achieving students attending an in-state public institution, parents anticipated a free ride.
The Covenant is a perfect example of a government program with lofty promises that cannot be kept, especially during a downturn in the economy.
Other states also have merit-based scholarship programs similar to the Wisconsin Covenant and are considering major changes.
That was then. Several problems are forcing
The struggling economy
Reduced lottery proceeds that fund HOPE
Rising tuition costs
The result is
Cut the scholarship amounts
Cut the number of students eligible
Increase academic standards for eligibility
Put an income limit on those eligible
None of the options would be popular.
The first round of Wisconsin Covenant students are scheduled to attend class in the fall of 2011.