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.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is running an ongoing series of reports called, “Following the money: How stimulus funds are being spent.”
Today’s article in the series reports that Governor Doyle and other Midwest governors want to use $3.4 billion in stimulus funding to build three high speed rail routes: Chicago to the Twin Cities, Chicago-to-St. Louis and Chicago-to-Detroit. The Chicago to the Twin Cities route would include a Milwaukee to Madison segment.
Here are the details.
Other publications around the country are also keeping track of how your tax dollars are being spent under the stimulus umbrella. Here are a few examples:
$75 million to repave three miles of rough pavement on Interstate 710 in Los Angeles. That is $25 million/mile.
Ohio wants millions, not to build road projects, but to study them.
Beach sand replenishment
Stimulus money for casinos
Bridge connecting two Microsoft campuses
And the kicker: Stimulus jobs going to illegal immigrants
This entire concept is supposed to stimulate the economy and create sustaining jobs? It sounds like America was sold a bill of goods.