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.

Angry e-mailers to Governor say he was misleading

Clearly, the Green Bay Press Gazette has heard enough about Governor Doyle’s empty promise known as
the Wisconsin Covenant. 

The deal sounded really good to a lot of Wisconsin parents who thought the state was offering,
“a free ride.” 

Upon hearing that parents were upset, expecting more than the $250 - $2,500 grants the state was going to issue, the Associated Press used the open records law to find out the kind of feedback Governor Doyle received. The Associated Press reports:

“’Thank you for the letdown Governor Doyle. You have failed my child and all those like her who are working hard and doing the right things,’ one parent wrote.

Many of the critical e-mailers were angry about the income guidelines, saying children were being punished because of their parents’ success, and felt  they had been misled. They called the $250 — an amount supporters have defended as an important symbolic gesture for completing the Covenant requirements — not  enough to cover books for a semester.

One parent wrote that her daughter signed the Covenant years ago and is now a junior with good grades and a clean record who works part-time.

‘This $250 is a slap in the face to all hardworking, taxpaying Wisconsin citizens who are trying to help their children obtain a college degree. This is hardly what you promised,’ she wrote. ‘A man is only as good as his word and you have lost all credibility with my family’.”

One woman wrote her family’s income is slightly above $80,000 because they own a veterinary  practice, but her husband still has college loans and they have four children to support. She said her sons have been working hard during high school to get as much college aid as possible, but ‘they will not qualify for anything because we worked hard to make something of ourselves’.”

The Green Bay Press Gazette editorializes, “Some families who were counting on the Wisconsin Covenant for tuition will be forced to rethink their plans. For that, Gov. Jim Doyle deserves a failing grade.”

You can read the editorial here.

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