Saturday, January 10, 2009

Mary Lazich Wants to Raise Your Taxes

Mary Lazich, the high priest of no taxes, has a post up this morning on how she plans to introduce a "Silver Alert" bill this legislative session. (I'll let the link explain what that means.)

Where's she plan on getting the money to do that?

Maybe when she makes her appearance on Fox 6 Morning News this Monday one of the intrepid journalists will ask her?

First, let's make something perfectly clear: any program introduced by a legislator -- no matter how well-meaning, how virtuous, how essential to the public good -- costs money. Let's assume this Silver Alert program cost just as much to implement as the Amber Alert program ... that's going to cost money. Mary Lazich has made perfectly clear over the course of her blog that any increase in government spending is too much. Here's what she had to say in the post just before she introduced the Silver Alert:

Ultimately, the Legislature approved and Governor Doyle signed into law a budget that increased taxes and fees by $763 million. I voted against the budget because it taxes and spends beyond the rate of inflation. In order to lower taxes in Wisconsin, one of the highest-taxed states in the nation, there must be reduced spending. The 2007-09 budget expanded an already bloated state government. We can’t afford the same mistake in the 2009-11 state budget.

(emphasis added)

So it basically took Lazich five days to entirely capitulate her hard line on no more government spending and start to bloat state government. Look on the bright side: there are only two more years left in the session.

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