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.
I am pleased to announce the state Senate Committees I have been assigned for the upcoming 2009-11 legislative session that begins January 2009.
I will serve as the ranking member on the state Senate Health, Health Insurance, Privacy, Property Tax Relief and Revenue committee.
I will also serve on the state Senate Small Business, Emergency Preparedness, Technical Colleges and Consumer Protection Committee, and on the Joint Committee on Audit.
I am happy to serve once again on the Health Committee. Health will be one of the most important issues the Legislature will tackle in the next session. Senate Democrats are poised to reintroduce their massive government-run health care plan that had a price tag in the previous legislative session of $15.2 billion, creating the largest tax increase in the history of the United States. I opposed the plan in the last session and will be ready to thoroughly review any government subsidized program Democrats offer this session.
The Audit Committee appointment is one I am thrilled about. I have served on the Committee in the past, and as you have read in my many blogs on audits I have the highest regard for the outstanding work done by the Legislative Audit Bureau. As I have stated at my various Town hall appearances, I enjoy audit data that usually is a good barometer about whether we are allocating and spending funds effectively.
Small businesses are the engine that runs our economy. I look forward to the challenges that will come before the Small Business Committee. The success of our state depends on the success of small businesses. The other areas the committee covers, emergency preparedness, technical colleges, and consumer protection all have impact and affect constituents.