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.
The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) met Tuesday May 6, 2014, for a quarterly 13.10 meeting. The meeting was about requests from state agencies.
JFC approved a plan to address accumulation of tuition and other funds at the UW system. A year ago, approximately $650 million in tuition and other fees were discovered within the University of Wisconsin. The 2013-2015 state budget required the board of regents to develop a tuition transparency and accountability plan. The plan, as approved by JFC, requires UW institutions to provide an explanation of funds in excess of 12% of annual expenditures.
JFC also approved $27.4 million in transportation funds for maintenance due to harsh winter conditions, funds for regional opiate treatment centers, and funds for comprehensive community services for early mental health treatment statewide implementation.