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.

Senator Lazich's Budget Break Down: Education & Taxes

The 2013-2015 Wisconsin state budget provides for crucial programs in the state by ensuring the state stays on the path of recovery, and delivers meaningful tax relief to every taxpayer. The budget guarantees the healthy financial foundation necessary to ensure continued growth of the state’s economy. 

Education is the foundation of our economy.  The budget includes a $150 per pupil increase during each of the next two years for public K-12 education.  The budget increases charter school funding, expands parental choice across the state, provides an estimated $30 million in tax deductions to assist parents with private school tuition, and freezes UW tuition. 

The 2013-15 budget includes over $650 million of income tax reductions that will be returned to Wisconsin taxpayers.  


With the approval of the budget, the legislature took important steps to improve the quality of education available to all children in the state by boosting funding and expanding choice.  We increased funding for K-12 Education in the state by $276,545,000.  This includes an increase of $150 per pupil in state funding and a separate increase in the revenue limits of $150 per pupil.  We expanded the Parental Choice Program to the entire state and increased the funding for existing choice programs.  These steps give parents throughout the state greater control over their children’s education

Providing $6.8 million to implement a teacher effectiveness evaluation system, adopting ACT Pupil Assessments to better assess student benchmarks and pausing the implementation of Common Core are important steps towards improving Wisconsin’s education system.   A provision in the 2013-15 state budget allows parents of private school students to receive an income tax deduction of $4,000 for grades K-8 children and $10,000 for grades 9-12 that attend an accredited private school



This budget nearly doubles the Governor’s original tax cut proposal providing tax payers $655 million dollars in tax relief.  The budget reduces the rate in each tax bracket and the reduces the number of brackets from five to four, giving 80% of the tax cut to Wisconsin’s middle class. The chart at the right highlights the new tax brackets and rates within the 2013-2015 Wisconsin State budget.

Taxable Income

Current Law 

GOP Budget

Up to $14,330



$14,330 to $28,650



$28,650 to $214,910



$214,910 to $315,460



$315,460 and over




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