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.

Senator Lazich's Weekly Insight

Governor Walker to Sign Budget
Governor Walker announced he will sign the 2013-2015 biannual Wisconsin State Budget, Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Pleasant Prairie.  Monday, July 1, 2013 marks the official start of the state’s new fiscal year.   Governor Walker received close to 200 veto requests on behalf of individuals, businesses, elected officials and interest groups.  Walker has not yet publicly commented about parts of the budget he may veto.

$152 Tax Decrease, or $1.64 Billion Government Spending Increase?
According to MacIver Institute, Legislative Democrat budget amendments would have cost taxpayers an additional $646 million, and increase spending $1.64 billion.  The Republican budget scheduled to be signed Sunday by Governor Walker provides an average annual $152 income tax reduction.  The budget builds on decisions during the last budget, and continues to reform government.

Voter ID Strengthens
Texas voter ID becomes law following the United States Supreme Court ruling about the 1965 Voting Rights Act.  The act required certain states to obtain federal approval prior to amending election processes.  While the U. S. Supreme Court’s ruling does not directly affect the Wisconsin electoral process, the decision strengthens the case for Voter ID.  

Recently Wisconsin District IV Court of Appeals affirmed the constitutionality of Wisconsin Voter ID law in the League of Women Voters v. Walker ruling.  The court determined Voter ID law does not impose an additional qualification on the right to vote; rather it is a voter registration regulation allowing election officials to determine a voter’s name and address.  Although this was a major victory, Voter ID law is still on hold due to pending cases in the District II Court of Appeals and United States District Court.  Despite the road ahead, I remain confident Voter ID law is constitutional and will ultimately be implemented throughout Wisconsin.

 Fourth of July Entertainment, Parades, and Fireworks

Greendale- The Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence is scheduled on the steps of Greendale Village Hall, by the flag pole, at 9:00 AM.   The parade begins at 10:00 AM, at Grange & Northway and ends at Greendale High School.  Fireworks begin 9:15 PM or after dusk.

Franklin- The parade begins at 11:00 AM, West Loomis Road & Forest Hill and ends at the Fire Station.  Fireworks at Lions Legend Park starting promptly at 9:30 PM.  

Waterford- The parade begins at 11:00 AM and winds down Main Street.

Greenfield- The City of Greenfield parades begins 12:15 PM, along Layton Ave.  Festivities at Konkel Park all day, Fireworks start after dusk.

New Berlin-The parade begins at 1:00 PM.  Fireworks at Malone Park 10:00 PM.   

Hales Corners- The parade begins 4:00 PM, at 102nd Street & Forest Home Avenue ending at Hales Corners Village Hall.  Fireworks at Hales Corners Park after Dusk. 

*Links provide schedules of entertainers and events.


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