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: How the JFC budget affects you

State budget

The state budget approved by the Democrat-controlled Joint Finance Committee (JFC) along party lines that was crafted behind closed doors and without minority Republican input would have tremendous negative effects on you.

Here are some of the direct impacts the budget would have:

You will pay higher property taxes because the Qualified Economic Offer (QEO) will be eliminated.

You will pay higher property taxes because state aid to local municipalities and school districts is being cut.

You will pay higher income taxes because a new income tax bracket is being created.

You will pay higher capital gains taxes.

You will pay higher hospital care costs because a new hospital tax is being imposed in addition to the original hospital tax approved earlier this year by the Democrat-controlled state Legislature.

You will pay higher gasoline costs because a new oil company tax will merely be passed onto consumers.

You will pay higher phone costs because of a new phone tax.

You will pay higher car insurance premiums.

You will be less safe because many felons will be given early release.

Your children will be less safe because GPS monitoring of sex offenders is being cut.

Your local police department will have longer response times because of a new requirement to collect racial data at every traffic stop.

State budget deliberations are still in progress. However, I lack confidence the Democrat-controlled state Assembly, Democrat-controlled state Senate, and Governor Doyle with his veto pen will make any improvements to what will more than likely be the worst state budget in Wisconsin history.

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