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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.

"Why did the turtle cross the road?"

Economy

“To get to the other side of a stimulus project."

That’s what U.S. Senator Tom Coburn (R-Ok), one of the most fiscally conservative members of the Senate writes in a detailed report outlining questionable projects funded with federal stimulus money.

Coburn writes:

“By offering 100 examples of questionable stimulus projects, worth $5.5 billion, this report does not attempt to prove that the stimulus is not working. Rather, the intent is to educate taxpayers, policymakers and the media on lessons that can be learned from some of the early missteps and prevent other questionable projects from moving forward.

As Congress debated the stimulus bill in February, there were significant concerns that billions of dollars would be wasted and the bill was rushed to passage without a single member of Congress reading it. Even Vice President Joe Biden, who was charged with heading up the stimulus implementation, said on June 2, ‘Some people are being scammed already’.”

Included in Coburn’s report are what he calls, “the ten most questionable stimulus projects I have encountered until now.” One of the ten projects is in Wisconsin.

Coburn says that while Wisconsin has over 1200 bridges in desperate need of repair, $15.8 million is being spent, instead on 37 rural bridges that hardly anyone uses.

Another top ten project cited by Coburn spends $3.4 million in Florida to build an n underground wildlife road-crossing for turtle in Lake Jackson, Florida. In true government doublespeak fashion, the wildlife crossing is referred to as an “eco-passage.”

You can read a Coburn news release here.

Here is Coburn’s report, “100 Stimulus Projects: A Second Opinion.”

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