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.
Governor Doyle re-introduced his hospital tax proposal that was rejected during the 2008 state budget repair bill deliberations. It was included in the governor's budget repair bill that was signed into law last week. Doyle calls it an assessment, however it is a tax that supporters claim will bring in more federal dollars to the state.
Illinois has implemented a hospital tax, and is now experiencing a major problem: the promised federal money has yet to arrive.
The State Journal Register of Springfield, Illinois reports:
“The idea is for hospitals to pay money to the state. That money then is used to generate extra Medicaid funds from the federal government. The result is a cash boost for hospitals and state government.
The first step in the assessment program, however, requires the state to come up with some cash — about $1 billion as of Friday. That hasn’t happened.
Hospital officials throughout the state say the delay has left them in the lurch. They’ve put off large purchases and reduced travel and other expenses, but they say patient care hasn’t been affected.”
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I voted against the budget repair bill and Governor Doyle’s hospital tax that will drastically increase hospital rates.