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 Legislative Audit Committee today approved three new audits, putting off indefinitely the day taxpayers will get a real look inside the $6 billion MA/BadgerCare program.
“The committee chose busywork today over substance,” Sen. Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin) said. “These audits might be worthwhile viewed on an island, but compared to the need for a full audit of MA and BadgerCare, they are simply busywork.”
Lazich particularly singled out an audit of the Family Care program, part of MA, for criticism.
“We have already seen rampant fraud and mismanagement in programs like Wisconsin Shares and Food Share. It is irresponsible, mismanagement not to dig into MA as a whole,” she said. “MA is a rapidly growing $6 billion program. There is more wiggle room in MA, the largest state program, for fraud and mismanagement than anywhere else in state government. Taxpayers deserve efficient use of the Legislature Audit Bureau.”
“This committee today has told taxpayers wasting their money is not important.”
The committee also approved audits of the Wisconsin Technical College System’s programs for working adults and the Sunshine Act that requires state agencies report information about competitive bids, purchases, and contracts not bid out. Recent information has shown that many agencies are not complying with the Sunshine Act.
“Why do Democrats with full power over Wisconsin state government need an audit of the Sunshine Act?” Lazich asked. “Why do they not simply tell the agencies they control to abide by the law?”
“As for the audit to determine the number of classes available to working adults; Come on? Legislators can’t count?” Lazich continued, “Hopefully, the Legislative Audit Bureau can make something meaningful out of that audit.”