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.
Today, I voted against Governor Doyle’s second budget proposal because of the high level of taxing and spending. My constituents overwhelmingly have told me it would be better to have no budget than a budget that has such huge increases.
In all my years in the Legislature, I have never seen the drastic differences in the amount of the budgets proposed by the Governor and Senate Democrats and the Assembly Republicans. The tax increases supported by Democrats are not only the largest increases in the history of Wisconsin, they are the largest increases in the history of America. Those increases are the defining difference between the budget philosophies of the two parties.
My constituents have many reasons that they oppose the Democrats’ budgets. Topping their list is the large increase in taxes.
The elderly approaching retirement age tell me they have had enough and are at the breaking point. Though they love Wisconsin, the tax burden has them reluctantly considering moving to another state.
Younger families with children in school do not have the out the elderly can utilize. It is more difficult for families to uproot themselves, so they stay and struggle to find a way to pay the bills that never seem to stop growing.
Our goal is to grow our economy and have successful schools, but the task becomes more difficult with a budget that proposes the largest tax increase in the history of the United States.
Other states have passed budgets months ago because they had better than expected revenues, in large part, because they held the line on spending. As a result, they are considering tax cuts or spending for programs like education and transportation. Don’t we wish this were the debate we were having today?
Senate Republicans offered an amendment today to take up the Assembly bill that funded K-12 education at the level the Governor proposed in his budget. The bill also funded local municipalities. I supported the amendment so that schools and local governments could address their budgets and not force huge property tax increases.
I urged Senate Democrats to behave with common decency and approve the education and local government budget.
Today’s action by the Senate Democrats is a clear indication they continue pursuit of massive tax increases and will not listen to overtaxed taxpayers. Wisconsin families cannot afford that kind of budget.