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 legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will hold a hearing at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 4, 2009 in Room 412 East at the State Capitol to consider the expenditure of millions of dollars of federal stimulus funding.
The JFC agenda for the meeting includes this item:
“The Department of Transportation requests approval of the use of $48,000,000 in proceeds from general obligation bonding authorized under s. 20.866(2)(up) for the purchase of two train sets for the Chicago-Milwaukee-Madison rail line under s. 85.061(3)(b). If market conditions permit, some or all of these bonds will be issued as Build America Bonds pursuant to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.”
That would be Governor Doyle’s $48-million dollar rail boondoggle.
Here is a JFC memo that includes stimulus spending requests from Governor Doyle.
Take a look at the requests and you will note they are government expenditures to perpetuate existing or new government programs. This remains a major flaw with the stimulus concept: the wrong people are spending the money in the wrong places, failing to create sustaining jobs.