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.
Earlier this week my friend and colleague Representative Jim Ott of Mequon issued this press release.For More Information Contact:
Representative Jim Ott 1-888-534-0023
"State $5 Billion in the Red –Governor to go to Beverly Hills"
"There’s no doubt there’s going to be reductions in jobs…" said Doyle
Madison…..On the same day Governor Doyle announced that Wisconsin has a budget deficit in excess of $5 billion, the largest in state history, and talked about spending cuts, tax hikes and job cuts, he announced that he is flying to California next week for a summit on Global Warming. The summit will be held at the Beverly Hills Hilton.
Governor Doyle will be co-hosting the Governors’ Global Climate Summit with California Governor Schwarzenegger. According to Doyle’s press release the purposes of the summit will be to bring together "…world leaders to develop creative, collaborative actions to advance the global climate agreement to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will be negotiated in Poland in December and Copenhagen next year."
"Wisconsinites are facing the worst fiscal crisis in the state’s history and Governor Doyle is flying to Beverly Hills, CA "…to develop creative, collective actions to advance the global climate agreement…."that hasn’t even been negotiated yet???" asked Representative Jim Ott.
"I am not sure where his priorities are but they are certainly not here where they belong."
Wisconsin and Governor Doyle, who has a history of robbing Peter to pay Paul, are facing a fiscal crisis. Unprecedented cuts, tax hikes for one the nations most taxed states and job cuts.
So right after you lose your job, you can pay more in taxes but rest assured your Governor will be in Beverly Hills "…to develop creative, collaborative actions to advance the global climate agreement... that will be negotiated in Poland in December…."
"Governor, if the global climate agreement is going to be negotiated in Poland next month, why do you have to be in Beverly Hills next week?" asked Ott. "Furthermore how does firing up your state plane – you don’t exactly have a history of flying commercial - reduce your carbon foot print? The least you could do is fly Midwest Express, support a Wisconsin company, and use some of the airline miles you must have accumulated on your September global warming trip to Germany."
Legislators and the Governor have a very difficult task ahead - balancing a budget that is already over $5 billion in the red. Now is not the time for using state dollars to go to a Beverly Hills summit dealing with hot air.