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 Walker released this fact sheet comparing the actions taken by the Illinois legislature over the past day to Wisconsin action.
Wisconsin vs. Illinois Fact Sheet
· Illinois raised personal income tax-rate by 67% in an attempt to balance their budget deficit
· Wisconsin will balance its budget without raising taxes
· Illinois increased its business income tax rate by 46 percent
· On his first day in office, Governor Walker called a Wisconsin is Open for Business special session that proposed cutting taxes on both small businesses already in Wisconsin and those looking to relocate into the state
· The Illinois budget bill contains increased spending, up to ten percent higher than the 2010 budget
· Governor Walker has pledged to balance Wisconsin’s $3 billion budget deficit by reducing spending, and creating an environment that spurs economic growth
· Illinois authorized $4 billion in borrowing to make its annual payment for public employee pensions
· Governor Walker supports reforming Wisconsin’s legacy costs to bring public sector benefits in line with the private sector—he has discussed the savings associated with a 5% pension contribution and 12% health care contribution