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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.

Wisconsin should avoid rush to pass global warming legislation

Legislation


The state Senate Select Committee on Clean Energy conducted its third and final public hearing at the state Capitol today. Overall, the committee heard 22 hours of public testimony about proposed global warming legislation.

Following the completion of today’s testimony, I concurred with my colleague, state Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) in requesting that the committee delay its work for another year.

I told committee members it is unsettling that the committee has submitted many questions that have gone unanswered. Requests have been made to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau and to state agencies for specific information about, for example, job creation projections. Committee members have not been given information requested.

Last week, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, “
The four-county region that includes Milwaukee and Waukesha posted the third-biggest percentage decrease in employment among the nation's 38 biggest metropolitan areas last year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The number of people employed in non-farm labor in metro Milwaukee fell 48,200, or 5.7%, to 793,600 in the 12 months through December. The only other areas with a steeper percentage decrease were metro Las Vegas, which fell 7.4% to 833,000; and metro Detroit, which fell 6.2% to 1.74 million.” 

Constituents in my district struggling with the difficult economy cannot afford any more job losses or energy cost increases that would result from the proposed legislation.

Delaying the work of the committee for one year would allow members to compile more critical information. Currently, the proposed legislation is not in the best interests of Wisconsin. Lawmakers lack adequate information to justify approving the radical changes contained in the legislation.

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