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 Assembly companion bill to the Senate ethanol mandate, Assembly Bill 682 gets a public hearing by the Assembly Befouls and Sustainable Energy Committee today, February 13, 2008. Committee members also plan to vote on the bill. It then could be considered for a floor vote before the state Assembly.
Passage of ethanol mandate legislation will lead to higher gas and food prices, a negative effect on engines and engine performance, and will increase pollution.
It is my strong hope that leadership in the Assembly will prevent Assembly Bill 682, because it is such bad legislation, from going to the Assembly floor.
The merits of ethanol should be determined by consumers, not mandated by government.
New studies have just been released indicating bio-fuels like ethanol can damage the environment, and even lead to global warming.
Here are the details from ABC News.
That is the assessment of the non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).
A new report by WISTAX says:
“Unlike most states, which amassed major surpluses in recent years, Wisconsin has little with which to withstand a recession. While state governments around the country have combined 2007-08 surpluses of almost $46 billion, Wisconsin may be facing a $400-million revenue shortfall with only $124 million in reserve.”
Here are more details from WISTAX.
The state stopped collecting estate taxes as of January 1, 2008. However, because our state is entrenched in a tax and spend mentality, there are already efforts to do away with the repeal of the estate tax.
Proponents who want to revive the estate tax say there will be a loss of revenue to state coffers. That, of course, is true. Instead of going to the state that would spend the money on questionable programs, the money would go to hard-working families to save, invest, or spend the way they see fit.
A group that calls itself, progressive, One Wisconsin Now, has started a petition drive to urge state legislators to solve the $300 million budget crisis by “ending the $300 million estate tax break for the heirs and heiresses of Wisconsin’s largest fortunes.”
WTMJ radio reported today the group is arguing in an e-mail campaign that the revenues that we once collected from the estate tax should not go to Wisconsin’s next Paris Hilton. That certainly begs the question of who was Wisconsin’s last Paris Hilton?
The Heritage Foundation finds that the estate tax is bad for the economy for the following reasons:
Last week, President Bush signed the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act into law. Congress had taken away gubernatorial powers to call up National Guard troops in 2006 following Hurricane Katrina.
The debate on this issue has now shifted to this question: Should the nation’s governors have power to call up all U.S. military forces in their respective states during emergencies?
Stateline.org has the details.