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.
September 12, 2008,
“I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not any of your taxes.”
That was on the presidential campaign trail. The “firm pledge” is about to be broken.
On July 1, 2010, a 10 percent tax on the retail price of a tanning session goes into effect. The Americans for Tax Reform writes in a news release, “There is no exemption made for families making less than $250,000 per year.”
Small tanning salon operations will be forced to increase prices.
The Indoor Tanning Association (ITA) writes, “This tax was not drafted by congressional staff and did not go through the normal legislative vetting process or any committee consideration. As a result, it is poorly drafted, will be extremely difficult to collect and will harm thousands of small businesses and affect millions of consumers, mostly working and middleclass women. What is next? Are these same special interests going to force the government to tax us for going to the beach and then subsidize sunscreen?”
The ITA web site says, “Each year 30 million people—over 10 percent of the American public—visit an indoor tanning facility. The industry employs more than 160,000 Americans, mostly in small businesses. Its total economic impact exceeds $5 billion annually.”