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.

Audit Committee members request hearings on state travel

Audits

As a member of the Legislature’s Joint Audit Committee, I have joined colleagues asking the committee chairs to conduct hearings into the travel policies for elected officials and state employees. Our request follows a Milwaukee Journal Sentinel report  that Governor Doyle and his staff “failed to properly account for 145 travel expenses over two years.”

In a letter to the co-chairs, we write:

“We want to believe that 145 failures to abide by travel policies over the course of two years is neither a pattern nor a cause for concern.

It is our hope that we can gain a fuller understanding of the frequency of travel, the procurement of travel-related services, and the ultimate documentation and justification of said travel.”

You can read our letter here. 

Meanwhile, Governor Doyle, whose expenses according to the Journal Sentinel included “a $5,200 business-class flight to Ireland and a $654-a-night stay in a London hotel” told the Appleton Post-Crescent editorial board, “
You better pack a lunch when you travel with me.”

The Journal Sentinel defended its reporting about the governor’s travel deficiencies. Read more in the
Appleton Post-Crescent.

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