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.
Traffic deaths in Wisconsin are down 30 percent from this same time one year ago.
As of April 21, 2008, there have been 137 traffic fatalities in Wisconsin this year compared to 188 the same time in 2007, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT).
Why the big increase in safer roads?
The DOT chalks it up to two reasons:
1) We had a very bad winter, so people either slowed down, or didn’t drive as much.
2) Gas prices have been on a steady rise, so motorists have cut back on their driving.
Even so, the news is remarkable. During March of 2008, Wisconsin had 27 fatalities. The DOT reports you have to go back to the World War II era with gas rationing, slower speed limits, and a much smaller population to find such a small monthly fatality rate.
There were 743 traffic fatalities in Wisconsin during 2007. So far this year, the state has recorded 137 fatalities in the first 112 days of 2008. If Wisconsin continues its current safe pace, it would end 2008 with less than 500 traffic deaths (447).
Here are more details from WISN-TV.
Drive carefully everyone.
I certainly hope so.
The Wisconsin State Journal is reporting Democrats might be ready to drop their proposed hospital tax as one of the provisions to fix the state’s $652.3 million revenue shortfall.
I am on record opposing any tax increase that is part of the budget repair bill.
No matter what economic study or report you look at, the conclusion is always dismal for Wisconsin when it comes to taxes.
The latest comes from the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council chief economist Raymond Keating has just completed the “Business Tax Index 2008” for all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Using 16 different tax measures to compile one score, Keating ranks the states according to their Business Tax Index. Among the factors Keating studied were a state's top personal income tax rate, a state's top individual capital gains tax rate, a state's top corporate income tax rate, property taxes, and gas taxes.
Wisconsin ranks number 32, near the bottom third of all the states.
Keating writes, “As Elvis Presley said: ‘A little less conversation, a little more action please.’ For example, more action is needed by elected officials in many states to make their state tax systems friendlier towards entrepreneurs and small businesses.”
I concur, having blogged extensively about Wisconsin’s unfreindly business climate that is severely hampering business growth and retention. Our high taxes coupled with one of the lowest per capita income rates in the country are forcing too many residents to leave the state.
Our state faces a revenue shortfall of $652.3 million, and yet some legislators in Madison want to increase taxing and spending even further.
Keating’s new study is yet another wake-up call to the Legislature and the governor to control excessive taxing and spending.
Read Keating’s entire piece.
Also, the nonpartisan Tax Foundation in Washington D.C. has more details on Wisconsin’s tax system and comparison to other states.
I will be holding a series of town hall meetings this spring throughout my district, Senate District 28. Please feel free to attend any of these town hall meetings. I look forward to seeing you and hearing your comments, questions and concerns. Here is the complete schedule of town hall meetings:
MONDAY, MAY 5
FRANKLIN 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Franklin Public Library • 9151 West Loomis Road
GREENDALE 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Layton State Bank of Greendale 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
5850 Broad Street
MONDAY, MAY 19
GREENFIELD 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Greenfield City Hall, Council Chambers
7325 West Forest Home Avenue
HALES CORNERS 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Hales Corners Public Library • 5885 South 116th Street
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21
BIG BEND/VERNON 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Big Bend Village Hall • W230 S9185 Nevins Street
MUSKEGO 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Muskego Public Library • S73 W16663 Janesville Road
THURSDAY, MAY 22
MUKWONAGO 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Mukwonago Town Hall • W320 S8315 Beulah Road
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28
WATERFORD 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Waterford Public Library • 101 North River Street
EAST TROY 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
East Troy Village Hall • 2106 Church Street
THURSDAY, MAY 29
NEW BERLIN 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
New Berlin Public Library • 15105 Library Lane
WAUKESHA 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Waukesha Town Hall • W250 S3567 Center Road
The top-notch menu includes the Lioness’ famous fruit pancake rollups with vanilla sauce, scrambled eggs, hot ham, pork sausage, hash browns, fresh fruit, rolls, butter, coffee, juices, milk, champagne, plus homemade desserts.
All proceeds go to an outstanding cause, the Wisconsin Lions Foundation Camp at Rosholt, Wisconsin. Since 1956, the Wisconsin Lions Camp has provided quality camping experiences to Wisconsin residents with disabilities free of charge.
Advance tickets are $8.50 for adults, $9 at the door, $2.50 for children under 12, free for children under 5, and include everything on the menu.
Call 262-786-5735 or 262-786-4449 for ticket information.
I hope to see you at the New Berlin Lioness Annual Champagne Breakfast this Sunday.