Conservatively Speaking

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.

June 13-17 Week in Review

This is a historic week for Wisconsin, and an historic week in the Wisconsin State Senate.   

The Senate Republican Caucus met Monday for a Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB) briefing about the Joint Finance Committee budget changes to the Governor's Budget.   The LFB staff informed us the budget virtually froze property taxes, eliminated the $3 billion deficit, and results in a $300 million surplus


The Senate Republican Caucus worked on final changes to the Budget on Monday, including restoring local library access to WiscNet.  Without the service, libraries and schools would pay significantly more for Internet service.


Tuesday, the Senate debated four bills.  The one receiving most of the headlines is Senate Bill 93. The bill is about conceal carry within Wisconsin.  After seven hours of debate for the bill and 19 amendments, Senate Bill 93 was approved with a bipartisan vote of 25-8.  Senate Bill 93 is scheduled for debate in the State Assembly Tuesday, June 21.


As the Senate debated Tuesday afternoon, news of the Wisconsin State Supreme Court decision filled the Senate Chamber.  The Court declared Act 10, the Budget Repair Bill, law by ruling Dane County Circuit Court Judge Maryann Sumi overstepped her jurisdiction on the case.


Republicans met Wednesday for more discussion about the state budget.  I attended the bill signing for Assembly Bill 148, legislation that appropriates money to pay the state’s expenses for the current fiscal year.  


Thursday the State Senate debated the 2011-13 state budget, Assembly Bill 40.  After a few delays, the Senate began debate at 1:00 PM.  After nine hours of debate about the budget and eight amendments, the State Senate approved the 2011-13 state budget with a 19-14 vote.  The budget now goes to the Governor to be signed into law.  The Governor said shortly after the vote he will sign the budget into law before the start of the next fiscal year, July 1.


The road from February 2011 to June 17, 2011, is an important, historic time for Wisconsin.  It was a time filled with immense debate and challenges.  While the budget journey is at an end, the great debate will continue via recall elections.

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