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.

State Budget Watch: $5 BILLION in 5 months

State budget

Legislative Fiscal Bureau Director Bob Lang and his staff laid it out for members of the conference committee late Thursday night before members voted on the committee budget.

The budget includes a $4 billion or 6.8% spending increase. Remember, the Democrat-controlled legislature and Governor Doyle approved a budget adjustment bill during February of this year. Combine that bill with the conference committee action and Democrats have increased taxes by $5 billion during 2009.

Think about that.

$5 billion in less than five months.

That is a staggering increase especially during a recession.

Here are the ugly numbers from the conference committee budget approved by the state Senate.

Will Governor Doyle use his vast veto authority to reduce this outrageous taxing and spending? I wouldn’t bet on it.

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