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.

$48 billion in stimulus $$$ can't bail out states


During January 2009, I blogged that the nearly $1 trillion in federal stimulus funding would not be the cure all for states suffering huge budget deficits.

All but $1 billion of the $49 billion in stimulus funding for fiscal year 2009 has been dished out by Washington, and states, according to the Government Accountability Office, “continue to be fiscally strained.” New, stringent reporting requirements states must follow to account for their spending raise the possibility of faulty data.

Most of the money used by the states is going toward Medicaid and protecting layoffs of positions like police, fire, and teachers.

A question I have raised on my blog in the past is now of concern to state officials seeing money pouring in from the nation’s capital with budget deficits that refuse to go away: What happens when the stimulus spigot shuts off January 2011?

Read more from Stateline. 

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