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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.

Greendale Water Boil Advisory Lifted

Greenfield has lifted the boil advisory asking citizens to use boiled or bottled water.

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Unemployment Insurance Computer System Offline Later This Week

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The Department of Workforce Development is upgrading its Unemployment Insurance computer system this weekend. The system will be offline Thursday, October 6, 2011 through Saturday, October 8, 2011.

The upgrade is scheduled to avoid an outage Sunday, typically the busiest day for filing unemployment insurance claims.

Governor Walker Announces Office of Inspector General

fraud, medicaid

Governor Scott Walker announced today the creation of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) in the Department of Health Services.  The Office of the Inspector General will coordinate the agency’s fraud prevention efforts and help implement recommendations made by Governor Walker’s Commission on Waste, Fraud, and Abuse.

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Constituents Express Concerns About Roundabouts

Responding to constituent and legislators’ concerns, I called an informational hearing for the Transportation and Elections Committee about roundabouts.

 

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U.S. Corporate Taxes Highest in World? PolitiFact Says 'True'

PolitiFact did an interesting analysis of a statement recently made by Wisconsin Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner. Congressman Sensenbrenner claimed the United States had the highest corporate tax rate in the world.PolitiFact’s ruling? True.

According to PolitiFact, "a widely quoted annual report says the U.S. corporate tax rate is 35 percent and is highest among 34 large, industrialized countries."

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Transportation and Elections Committee Hearing Thursday

The Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections will hold a public hearing Thursday to hear testimony on four bills, including three bipartisan proposals.

The hearing for Senate Bills 211, 215, 222, and 223 begins at 2:00 PM in room 201 SE in the State Capitol.

More Wisconsin Fiscal Responsibility

Wisconsin is a national leader in fiscal responsibility, as evidenced by the state’s recently-approved balanced budget.

New numbers show Republicans’ commitment to fiscal sanity is a reflection of Wisconsin’s fiscally conservative culture.  According to the credit-rating agency Experian, four Wisconsin cities placed in the top 10 cities nationally for average credit scores.

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Governor's Weekly Radio Address

Governor Scott Walker’s radio address for this week is about making government more efficient.

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Trade Agreements Help Wisconsin

Republicans in the Wisconsin State Legislature have done a lot to improve the state's economy.  Congress lent a hand recently by approving three trade agreements that have a substantial impact on state businesses.  Congress approved trade agreements with Korea, Colombia, and Panama earlier this week.

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Governor's Weekly Radio Address

Governor Walker's radio address this week highlights the success of reforms Wisconsin Republicans made the last 10 months.

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Updated Concealed Carry FAQ Website

With 10 days until Wisconsin’s concealed carry law takes effect, the State Department of Justice updated the Frequently Asked Questions page on its website to reflect emergency rules, and application and training requirements.

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Miserable Leadership From Democrats

Possibly the biggest indicator of President Obama’s failed economic leadership is this: Americans are more miserable now than at any point in nearly 30 years.

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Senate Action

The Senate approved 15 bills today as part of the Regular Session and the September Special Session.

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Today's Transportation and Elections Committee Hearing

elections, GAB

The attached memo to Government Accountability Board Director and General Counsel Kevin Kennedy provides background about today’s Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections informational hearing.


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Press Release: Lazich statement on redistricting informational hearing

October 26, 2011

For immediate release

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Journal Sentinel Article About Informational Hearing

Here is the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about yesterday’s Transportation and Elections Committee informational hearing.

As explained in the article, Senators and Representatives currently represent new districts within boundaries established by Act 43, redistricting legislation approved earlier this year.  However, recall petitions and recall elections would be conducted using old, unconstitutional maps from the 2000 census.  This results in voters from old unconstitutional districts choosing State Senators for citizens in the new district resulting from the 2010 census.  In addition, some people in the new district are denied voting for the State Senator that represents them.  That strikes me as completely unfair.

Public Hearing Notice for Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections

Senate
Committe on Transportation and Elections
Public Hearing
October 31, 2011 1 pm
 

Senate Bill 200
Relating to: requiring motorists to yield to railroad track equipment trains at railroad crossings and requiring a railroad to maintain its right-of-way.
By Senators Leibham, Olsen, Hansen and Taylor; cosponsored by Representatives Petrowski, Mursau, Brooks, Endsley, Jorgensen, Kaufert, Nerison, A. Ott, Rivard, Sinicki, Spanbauer and Zepnick.

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Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections Hearing

elections, redistricting, transportation

The Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections completed a lengthy public hearing on several bills today.

The committee heard testimony on four transportation bills, including legislation to improve safety at railroad crossings, increase penalties against people driving without a valid drivers’ license, enact changes to bicycle laws, and allow local airports to create and enact aerial approach ordinances.  

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