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.
A report by the non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance says, “growth in tax dollars going to the UW has trailed overall state spending, state school aid, and inflation.”
At first blush, the WISTAX finding may sound as though the UW is getting a raw deal. However, it is clear why growth in tax dollars for UW has fallen behind. Given the numbers, keeping pace with the growth in overall state spending and state school aid would be extremely difficult.
Ready for some eye-popping statistics? WISTAX reports, “Between 1983 and 2007, state aids and tax credits for K-12 schools rose 320%, while overall state expenditures were up 222%. By comparison, inflation—as measured by the consumer price index (CPI)— rose 115%, and UW funding, 99%.”
Here is the WISTAX news release.