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 Joint Finance Committee worked late into the night yesterday. Petulant protesters tried to disrupt the committee’s work by shouting down speakers. The Finance Committee continued working through the interruptions. People causing the disruptions were removed from the room and cited by police.
The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee meets tomorrow, May 26, 2011. The schedule is:
The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is meeting today at State Fair Park, West Allis to hear testimony about the budget.
Members of the Joint Finance Committee heard testimony from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation during budget briefings Monday.
The Senate removed all items requiring a quorum from the budget repair bill and approved the bill at 6:22 PM.
A judge issued a restraining order requiring state officials to open the Capitol to the public.
I gave this speech about the budget repair bill and the absence of Senate Democrats on the Senate floor Friday.
The Senate remained under a call of the house Thursday. Under a call of the house, absent members of the Senate are required to come to the Senate chamber. The 14 Senate Democrats have ignored this requirement for the last week.
The Senate was on the floor Tuesday and Wednesday. Senate Democrats were noticeably absent. All 19 Senate Republicans showed up to do the people’s work.