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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.

Legislative Audit Bureau Releases Annual State Fair Park Audit

The Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) issued the annual financial audit of State Fair Park. The Audit reveals State Fair Park's financial condition improved since 2005-06. State Fair Park revenue exceeded expenditures by $2.4 million during 2010-11. The Audit explains State Fair Park improved its financial reporting process since the 2011 audit. The Audit suggests further improvements in financial reporting.  

Here is a link to the Audit: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lab/reports/12-10full.pdf

Governor Walker's Weekly Radio Address

Hi I’m Scott Walker.

In the past year and a half we have made tremendous progress that will serve as our foundation for the future. We closed a $3.6 billion deficit without raising taxes. In fact, we are now projected to finish our fiscal year with a surplus, allowing us to actually set money aside in the state’s rainy day fund. What’s more we’ve seen property taxes for the median value property taxpayer go down for the first time in over a decade.

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Public Policy Forum: Property Taxes Down in Southeastern Wisconsin

The Public Policy Forum released its annual report about property values and property taxes. The report explains a decrease in the tax bill for the average homeowner in Southeast Wisconsin. The report further explains "one of the major contributors was the strict new local government property tax levy limits imposed by the 2011-13 State Budget." Here is a link to the report: http://www.publicpolicyforum.org/pdfs/2012PropertyTaxReport.pdf

Brat Summit 2012

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Celebrate Flag Day June 14

June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag. Congress described the flag with the words, “White signifies Purity and Innocence; Red, Hardiness and Valor; Blue signifies Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice." During 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation declaring June 14 Flag Day, and Americans have commemorated the adoption of the Stars and Stripes by celebrating June 14 as Flag Day.

June 14, Flag Day, is a great day to reflect upon the enormous significance of the Stars and Stripes and the many heroic Americans that defended all that our United States Flag represents.

Press Release: Lazich Calls For Non-Partisan Audit Bureau to Examine Elections Irregularities

State Senator Mary Lazich (R-New Berlin), chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Elections, today requested the Legislative Audit Bureau conduct a review of Election Day processes and practices in the wake of reports of voting irregularities throughout the state.  She issued the following statement after the release of her letter to the co-chairs of Joint Legislative Audit Committee.

“As chair of Senate Elections, I have heard numerous reports of questionable conduct and procedures at the polls,” Lazich said.  “This includes everything from poll workers accepting insufficient proof of residency to improper poll closing procedures.  Each of them chips away at our democratic values and deserves a thorough investigation.

“The non-partisan Audit Bureau is needed to evaluate whether the current process is working to ensure the protection of election integrity in our state.”

Here is a link to the letter I sent to the co-chairs of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee

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Report Election and Voting Irregularities

Today I was on the Vickie McKenna, WISN Radio Show, speaking with Vickie about my request for the non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau to examine election irregularities. I encourage comments about election irregularities be reported to the Legislative Audit Bureau’s Fraud, Waste, and Mismanagement Hotline: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/LAB/Hotline/ and to the Government Accountability Board: http://gab.wi.gov/complaints

E-Update from the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

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.

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Legislative Audit Bureau releases Annual Wisconsin Lottery Audit

The Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released the annual Wisconsin Lottery Audit today. The LAB found that lottery ticket sales increased by four and a half percent during 2010-11. The sale of scratch-off tickets increased by almost $30 million dollars during 2009-10 to 2010-11. Increased sales number for Mega Millions, Raffle Games, Wisconsin's Megabucks EZ Match, and Badger 5 helped increase the lotto game profit margin by over $21 million dollars over the previous year.

 Here is a link to the Legislative Audit Bureau's 2012 Wisconsin Lottery Audit: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lab/reports/12-12full.pdf

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Consumer Protection Facebook Page

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), launched a Bureau of Consumer Protection Facebook Page with information about emerging scams and threats. The Facebook Page is expected to have product safety warnings, scams, and identity theft information. Here is the link to the DATCP Bureau of Consumer Protection Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/wiconsumer

How to Beat the Heat

Wisconsin Emergency Management reminds us excessive heat is dangerous. Here is a link to safety information: http://readywisconsin.wi.gov/heat/default.asp

Comments About SeniorCare

The Department of Health Services is in the process of drafting a request to the federal government to renew the SeniorCare Program through 2015. The Department is conducting Town Halls and provides online forms for comments and further information: www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/seniorcare/input. A Town Hall meeting is scheduled June 29, 2012, 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM at the State Office Building, 141 NW Barstow, Room 151, Waukesha.

A telephone conference line is available for testimony at 1-877-402-9757 by entering the access code 5906120. People needing special accommodations to attend or participate at the meeting should notify the Department of Health Services at 608-266-9622 (TTY 888-701-1250) by the day prior to the event.

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Department of Health Services Seeks Comments about 2012-2020 Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Plan

Comments are requested by July 18, 2012, about a draft of the 2012-2020 Wisconsin Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity State Plan. To see the draft and provide comments, visit http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/aboutdhs/public-comment/index.htm

University of Wisconsin to Offer a Competency Based Online Degree Program

The University of Wisconsin System (UW) will be offering a self-paced, competency-based, online degree program known as a UW Flexible Degree. The new degree will offer flexible college options using online instruction with the latest technology and learning methods at an affordable price.

This new way of learning will allow students of all ages to start classes at anytime, work at their own pace, earn credit for existing knowledge, and obtain a degree in an accelerated amount of time. Click here for more details on the UW Flexibible Degree:

Governor Walker's Weekly Radio Address

Hi I’m Scott Walker.

As I’ve traveled the state and talked to job creators from all areas I often hear a similar story: they tell me jobs are available, but they can’t find skilled workers to fill the positions.

This week I was proud to rollout, with the support of the leadership of the University of Wisconsin System, a new degree model that will help close this skills gap and get more people back to work.

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Wisconsin DNR Conservation Wardens Focusing on Alcohol Impaired Boat Operators

If you are on Wisconsin lakes this weekend, you may see Wisconsin’s conservation wardens and local boat patrols looking for impaired boat operators with blood alcohol levels over the state limit of 0.08 percent. This weekend’s event is part of the national Operation Dry Water campaign slated for June 24 through 26.

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Recall Reform Top Priority Next January

It’s finally over.  The entire state let out a collective sigh of relief June 6, 2012, and we began picking up the pieces after 15 recall elections during less than a year.  Less than a week later Democrats and Republicans came together at the Governor’s mansion to share some Wisconsin beer and brats grilled by the Governor.  It represents the start of the much-needed reconciliation process.

Despite the friendly tone, a small number of protestors picketed outside the event.  Fortunately, their cries have grown desperate and mostly fall on deaf ears.  Their numbers will continue to dwindle as time passes.

In addition, the flood of money and activists from outside the state has also ceased, and Wisconsin residents can now answer the phone and watch television without fear of political solicitation.  The national media have packed their bags and moved the talking heads elsewhere.

Everyone is ready to move forward.

Before we can fully close this chapter of Wisconsin history, we need to listen to the majority of Wisconsinites and put a stop to frivolous recalls.

Exit polls conducted on Election Day reveal that the vast majority of Wisconsin voters want to limit recalls.  In fact, the Edison Research survey found that only 27 percent of voters believed recalls should be allowed for any reason, while 60 percent said they should be allowed only for official misconduct and another 10 percent believed they should never be allowed.

In essence, 70 percent of Wisconsinites want to change the current recall rules, and I agree.  While it is important for people to have control over their government, the current law provides a disservice to elected officials and the people they represent.  It creates a constant campaign cycle resulting in ineffective government.

Recalls should still play a role in maintaining minimum standards.  Officeholders committing serious crimes should not be immune from political accountability.

Fortunately, it looks like legislators on both sides of the aisle recognize the need for change.  Near the end of the previous session, Representative Robin Vos introduced a joint resolution that would allow for a recall only upon charges of a serious crime or a finding of probable cause that an ethics violation was committed.  The resolution did not make it all the way through the legislature by the end of session; however, it had bipartisan support.

Since recall changes require a state constitutional amendment, the resolution will need to be approved by two successive legislatures and then ratified by the citizens of Wisconsin before it goes into effect.

Over the past year, Wisconsinites voted in the recall elections of 15 state officials.  A few years from now, hopefully, they will vote to limit the distorting effect of recalls themselves.
 

Natural Resources Board July Agenda Available

The Natural Resources Board posted its July 17, 2012, meeting agenda. If any member of the public plans on testifying at the meeting you must pre-register not later than 4:00 PM July 12, 2012. To register to testify contact Laurie Ross at (608-)267-7420 or via email at laurie.ross@wisconsin.gov . Written comments should be emailed to the Natural Resources Board at DNRNRBcomments@wisconsin.gov

E-Update from the Desk of Governor Scott Walker

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.
 


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Governor Walker's Weekly Radio Address

Hi I’m Scott Walker.

Last week I had the pleasure of meeting a young man named Blake Parker. Blake is only 12 years old, but he’s fought more battles than most people do in a lifetime.

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Public Service Commission Issues Tips to Beat the Heat and Save Energy

With temperatures expected to be over 90 degrees the rest of the week, the Public Service Commission (PSC) provides tips for cooling homes without drastically increasing utility bills.

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Government Accountability Board Certifies June 5, 2012, Election Results

The Government Accountability Board (GAB) certified the results of the June 5, 2012, recall elections. All elections were certified except for Senate District 21, due to a recount underway within Senate District 21. Here is a link to the GAB's certification information: http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/results/2012/recall-election

Governor Signs Executive Order Recreating the Council on Physical Fitness and Health

Governor Walker issued Executive Order #73 recreating the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health. Here is a link to the Executive Order #73: http://docs.legis.wisconsin.gov/code/executive_orders/2011_scott_walker/2012-73.pdf

The Governor's Council on Physical Fitness and Health was established by Governor Earl, April 19, 1983. The council's mission is to promote healthy living.

Wisconsin Department of Justice, Fireworks Laws

With the start of Fourth of July celebrations, Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an advisory about fireworks. Here is a link to DOJ's memo about Wisconsin Fireworks laws: http://www.doj.state.wi.us/news/files/2012-fireworks-advisory.pdf

Enter the Ninth Annual Pie Contest and Earn Great Prizes

July 3, 2012, 6:00 PM under the Schoeneck Containers Family tent at the
New Berlin 4th of July Festival, I will once again be a judge for the
Pie Bake Off.

There are four categories of pies including apple, cream, fruit, and
other. Pies are judged on a scale of 1 to 15 on appearance, creativity,
crust, crust taste, filling taste, and filling texture.

At this link you may scroll down to an entry form:
http://www.newberlin.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/106

The contest has grown from a few pies to many pies. The pies are
excellent. After the judges complete their task, pie slices are
available for a small price. The viewing crowd and sampling crowd grows
larger each year, yet is small enough to be entertaining and enjoyable.

Here is a link to the New Berlin 44th Annual Fourth of July Family
Festival Festivities:
http://www.newberlin.org/DocumentCenter/Home/View/104
 

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