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.
Now that Governor Doyle has failed twice to get a budget through the state Legislature, he is resorting to scare tactics by threatening a partial shutdown of state government.
To hear the Governor speak, state employees would face layoffs, university campuses would close, and contracts with county jails would be cancelled.
The press keeps reporting that Wisconsin is the only state without a budget.
The fact is, Wisconsin has a budget. Wisconsin continues to operate under the 2005-2007 state budget. State employees are working. State programs and services are being administered.
The current state budget impasse is an embarrassment for Governor Doyle. Keep in mind, he proposed a budget at the beginning of the year. It is Governor Doyle’s budget and his job to work with and engineer it through the Legislature. Governor Doyle has proposed two irresponsible budgets that contain unacceptable levels of taxing and spending. Forty-nine other governors have managed to secure budgets. Governor Doyle has failed because he insists on incredible increases in taxes and fees that Wisconsin taxpayers cannot afford.
The Governor is now pressing the panic button, telling taxpayers that a government shutdown is possible because the state is running out of money. My question to Governor Doyle is: how did we get to this crisis?
Wisconsin is operating under a budget. It is now October, and Wisconsin is four months into a 24-month biennial budget. If we are to believe Governor Doyle that only four months into the biennial budget that Wisconsin is in danger of running out of money, where is all the money going, Governor? How and where are you spending it all?
Governor Doyle is desperately and frantically attempting to scare Wisconsin taxpayers to pressure the Legislature into supporting his bloated tax and spend budget. Don’t buy into this deplorable tactic.