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.
Fair elections are the cornerstone to any successful democracy. With all the power entrusted to our elected officials, it is vital that every vote from every citizen is counted once and weighed equally.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t always happen that way.
Here is a link to the study of the Wisconsin Retirement: http://etf.wi.gov/publications/wrs-study.pdf
America has a lot to be thankful for as it celebrates another Independence Day. The 4th of July marks a perfect occasion to reflect upon qualities that make the United States the greatest Country in the world.
Security: Our Country is safe, placing protection of citizens as one of the highest priorities. Brave young men and women volunteer to risk their lives in foreign lands so we may enjoy the many freedoms that make us the envy of the world. Dedicated police officers and firefighters work daily to safeguard our communities.
Opportunity: America is a land young people’s dreams become realities, the toughest challenges are reachable, and almost anything is possible.
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Military service members have selflessly served to protect the freedoms our founders risked their lives for when they read the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 at Independence Square. Both military service members and veterans are in large part responsible for the preservation of our society as we know it today.
Because of this, I proclaimed 2012 the Year of the Veteran, with the hope we could help those returning home reintegrate into civilian society with housing, education, health care, and meaningful jobs.
Malware set up by international hackers that could have been put on computers over a year ago may prohibit internet access Monday July 9, 2012. According to the FBI, the number of computers likely infected are 277,000 worldwide with 64,000 in the United States.
The FBI made the unusual move of bringing in an outside group to assist in ridding computers of the malware. You may visit the outside group’s website to see whether your computer is infected and obtain information about getting rid of the virus. The groups website is: http://www.dcwg.org .
The United States Department of Education approved Wisconsin's Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) No Child Left Behind Act flexibility request. Here is a link to the Wisconsin waiver request that the United States Department of Education approved.
The final Whitetail Deer Trustee report has been released. Here is a link to the executive summary of the report: http://doa.wi.gov/secy/documents/executive_summary.pdf
Here is a link to recommendations about improving Wisconsin's Whitetail deer population and hunts: http://doa.wi.gov/secy/documents/final_report_recommendations13.pdf
The Wisconsin Board on Aging and Long Term Care launched a Medigap Part D and Prescription Drug Helpline. The helpline provides assistance to persons 60 years old and over with questions about prescription drug insurance, SeniorCare, and Medicare Part D.
The hotline number is 1-855-67 PART D (1-855-677-2783). Other Medicare and insurance questions may be answered at the Medigap Helpline at 1-800-242-1060.
In a recent CNBC's ranking of Top States for Business Wisconsin received the overall rank of 17, up from 2011 rank of 25. The 2012 ranking of 17 is the highest overall ranking Wisconsin has received. During 2008 Wisconsin received its lowest rank of 37 overall.
The CNBC poll ranked Wisconsin's infrastructure and transportation 6th in the country, up from 22nd place during 2011. Wisconsin is ranked 10th in education, 14th in quality of life, and 15th in cost of doing business. Here is a link to all of Wisconsin's rankings in the CNBC ranking: http://www.cnbc.com/id/46415630
One of the most important duties I have serving as your Governor is to provide you directly with updates related to the operation of our state government. I also frequently provide updates on Facebook (Governor Scott Walker) and Twitter (@govwalker). Please feel free to share this update with your family, friends, and others who may be interested in state government operations.
With air conditioners working overtime, many people are going to feel some pain upon opening utility bills. Thankfully, it’s not difficult for most people to find and eliminate sources of energy waste in their homes.
One of the most overlooked power drains are idle electronics. You may be surprised to learn that even after you turn many electronic appliances off, they continue to consume energy, and more than enough to hurt your pocketbook. This power usage is commonly referred to as phantom load, and one of the worst offenders is the unassuming digital television receiver.
Yesterday, another Dane County judge found our voter photo ID law unconstitutional. The ruling is frustrating for advocates of fair and honest elections. However, I am confident that once the judicial process plays out the law will be fully restored.
My fellow legislators and I drafted a law that accepts multiple forms of ID and makes special accommodations for electors indefinitely confined or victims of sensitive crimes. Any elector in Wisconsin in need of an ID to vote may get one free of charge. Needless to say, we worked diligently to make sure the law would withstand constitutional muster, and we fully expect higher courts to agree.
A Los Angels Times op-ed titled, California, Look to Wisconsin suggests California look at Wisconsin to get their fiscal house in order. Here is a link to the editorial: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-malanga-wisconsin-california-bankruptcies-20120717,0,5879241.story
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) monitors water usage in Wisconsin. Here is a link to DNR's webpage: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/water.html
First Meeting of Legislative Council Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School
The first meeting of the Legislative Council Special Committee on Improving Educational Opportunities in High School took place Monday July 16, 2012.
The Committees mission is to develop legislation to create and enhance opportunities for both lower and higher achieving students in high school. The committee shall: evaluate current options available to high school students for both career and technical education and post-secondary enrollment, including the Youth Options Program; examine both career and technical education and post-secondary enrollment options available to high school students in other states; and determine how to promote coordination between high schools, technical colleges, universities, and employers to ensure that high school students have the skills necessary to meet the workforce needs of employers in this state.
Major Economic Expansion Plan with Wisconsin Employer Reached
The governor needs your help. As part of official duties, Governor Walker is charged with appointing members to nearly 200 boards, commissions, councils, and taskforces.
The Governor is looking for citizens interested in public service to fill these vacancies and fulfill important civic duties. Think you may not have the experience to serve? Think again.
Today is moving day. My capitol office is relocated from eight south to five south. Office moves take place after the November elections. However, with Democrats gaining the majority, a few of them are insisting on moving their office. Senator Chris Larson is taking my office.
Not all Democrat senators are relocating their offices. Members of the Senate Democrat Caucus not moving, include Senators Carpenter, Coggs, Erpenbach, Holperin, King, Shilling, Wirch, and Independent Senator Cullen. Senator Coggs was elected City of Milwaukee Treasurer April 3, 2012. Senator Coggs did not resign from his senate seat upon election to the Milwaukee Treasurer position.
Dry conditions and extreme heat continue this week. Take caution to stay out of the heat and look out for family, friends and neighbors—particularly senior citizens and people on medications.
A list of places to cool off can be found by visiting www.ready.wi.gov; or, in most areas, by calling 211.
Major Drought Assistance Initiatives Launched
The Government Accountability Board (GAB) scheduled a Wednesday, August 1, 2012, 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM public demonstration of voting equipment and software the agency is considering. Here is a link to the GAB's notice about the demonstration: http://gab.wi.gov/node/2435
In-person voting for the August 14, 2012, primary election began July 30 and continues through August 10, 2012, at town, village, and city clerks' offices. You may locate your local clerk and your polling location, and you may view a sample ballot at this link: https://vpa.wi.gov/