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: Budget Round-up

State budget

The nonpartisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WTA) has a recap of the 2009-11 state budget that was crafted exclusively by Governor Doyle and legislative Democrats, most done behind closed doors outside the purview of the public and news media.

Here are some highlights from the WTA: 

  • Compared to the $62.2 billion (b) in spending from all sources that he approved, the governor vetoed about $10 million (m), or less than 0.02%.
  • Relatively few earmarks were vetoed. A review of five leading agencies shows that only eight (11.9%) of 67 identified earmarks were struck by the governor.
  • The governor did not veto any nonfiscal items left in the budget by JCF (Joint Committee on Finance), although he modified some by partial veto. Nonfiscal items enacted include QEO repeal, changes in public-employee bargaining, restrictions on Milwaukee school choice, motor vehicle insurance requirements, domestic partnership benefits, prevailing-wage mandates, and collective bargaining for university faculty and staff.
  • Federal stimulus monies are one-time revenues that will leave a hole—a "structural deficit"—in the 2011-13 biennial budget. According to the LFB (Legislative Fiscal Bureau), these imbalances will total $899m going into 2010-11 and $1.15b the year after, if no action is taken.
  • The largest single source of new tax revenues in 2009-11 is individual income tax increases of $529.8m, $287.3m from adding a new "top" tax rate of 7.75% and $242.5m from halving the state’s capital gains exclusion.
  • Biennially, spending would total $61.99b, or 9.4% higher than the $56.64b estimated for 2007-09.


You can read the entire WTA report here.

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