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.

The Senate Majority Leader serves up a Whopper

State budget


It must be that fuzzy math.

State Senate Majority Leader Russ Decker went after his opponent in a column in the Wausau Daily Herald. Senator Decker claims that Democrats made cuts in the current 2009-11 state budget:

“According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, we cut $796.8 million in the last budget. Those are real cuts not backfilled by any other funds. We cut outdated, inefficient programs like Forward Wisconsin for a savings of $320,000. We also cut $6.4 million from the Department of Revenue and $87.5 million from University of Wisconsin administration. We saved another $192 million by having state employees take unpaid furloughs and stopped a previously planned 2 percent wage increase.”

However, as one of the greatest broadcasters of all-time used to say, “You need to know the rest of the story.”

Senator Decker’s boast that Democrats acted like fiscal conservatives during the 2009-11 state budget debate is pure fiction.

The 2009-11 state budget increased spending 9.4 percent. That’s almost 10 percent.  Source: The nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

The tax increases from the 2009 budget adjustment bill plus the tax increases in the 2009-11 state budget total $3.03 billion. Source: The nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

The state budget eliminated the QEO. The result?  School property tax levies for 2009-10 are up 6.0 percent. Source: The nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

Out of all the tax increases in the budget, the largest is in individual income taxes totaling $529.8 million. Source: The nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX).

Democrats cut the state budget? Their noses are growing.


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