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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.

Construction On Hold During Labor Day Weekend

The orange road construction barrels will not be going away; however, road construction will be put on hold this weekend.  According to a state Department of Transportation press release, most road construction will cease at noon Friday, September 2, and will not resume until 6:00 AM Monday, September 6.

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Attorney General to Host Seminars on Public Records and Open Meetings Laws

The Wisconsin Department of Justice (DOJ) will be holding seminars about the public records and open meetings laws. Registration for the free seminars may be completed via the DOJ's website at http://www.doj.state.wi.us/ beginning September 6, 2011.  Space is limited for the online seminar so please register early. 

The live programs on public records and open meetings laws is scheduled October 3, 2011, at Waukesha County Technical College, Richard T. Anderson Education Center 800 Main Street, Pewaukee, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM, and October 10, 2011, at Warner Park Recreation Center, Community Center Room, 1625 Northport Drive, Madison, from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  The webinar, an interactive audio-visual presentation viewed live over the Internet from a personal computer, will be October 20, 2011 from 9 AM- 12 PM. 

Here is a link to more information:  http://www.doj.state.wi.us/news/files/PROM-invitation-2011.pdf

Regents Meeting Webcast September 8, 2011

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will have live audio and video streaming of its Thursday, September 8, 2011, meeting. The meeting is scheduled from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.  Here is a link to the agenda and supporting documents:  http://www.wisconsin.edu/bor/agenda/2011/september.pdf

AT&T Adding More Than 100 Jobs in Wisconsin

AT&T announced adding more than 100 jobs throughout Wisconsin to support expanding U-Verse television service.

"I commend AT&T for continuing to grow Wisconsin’s economy by adding these important jobs," Governor Walker said in a statement. "These are high tech jobs that provide competitive wages and benefits that are among the best in the telecommunications industry."

Illinois Takes Different Path To Balance Budget

Republicans in Wisconsin were able to close a massive budget deficit without large-scale layoffs of state employees, increasing taxes or reduction of services. Illinois, facing its own budget issues, is opting for a different budget-fix solution.

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Regents Meeting Webcast September 8, 2011

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will have live audio and video streaming of its Thursday, September 8, 2011, meetingThe meeting is scheduled from 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM.  Here is a link to the agenda and supporting documents:  http://www.wisconsin.edu/bor/agenda/2011/september.pdf

Baptista's Bakery Announces Major Expansion

There is wonderful news for Senate District 28 and the State of Wisconsin!  Baptista’s Bakery announced today it will create up to 205 new full-time jobs in Franklin.  The expansion is supported by a tax credit administered by the new Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation.  

According to a press release from Governor Scott Walker’s office, Baptista’s Bakery plans to invest $75 million in the project.

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Are you Ready for Some Packer Football?!

The story titled, What's Not To Like About Green Bay makes one proud to not only call Wisconsin home, it makes one proud to be from a state the Green Bay Packers call home.  Here is a link to the article at the Desert News website dated February 6, 2011, the day the Packers won their fourth Super Bowl title:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700107597/Whats-not-to-like-about-Green-Bay.html

If you are not proud to cheer for the Packers after reading this article, then you might be a Bears fan.

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Are you Ready for Some Packer Football?!

The story titled, What's Not To Like About Green Bay makes one proud to not only call Wisconsin home, it makes one proud to be from a state the Green Bay Packers call home.  Here is a link to the article at the Desert News website dated February 6, 2011, the day the Packers won their fourth Super Bowl title:  http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700107597/Whats-not-to-like-about-Green-Bay.html

If you are not proud to cheer for the Packers after reading this article, then you might be a Bears fan.

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Walker Orders Flags to Half-Staff on 9/11

Governor Scott Walker issued an executive order that all flags be lowered to half-staff on September 11 in observance of the 10-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. here.

You may view the executive order

Remembering 9-11

At times, it seems like yesterday I received a call from my husband explaining a plane hit the World Trade Center.  As we spoke, I turned on the TV and watched as the second plane hit.  Soon our children called.  The routine of that day and subsequent days was abruptly changed.  As events unfolded, we entered an altered security environment. 

During the summer of 2006, my husband and I visited Ground Zero.  It was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it to everyone.  We had the privilege of Retired New York City Fire Department Lieutenant Paul McFadden as a tour guide.  Lieutenant McFadden described 9-11 was a beautiful, clear day and he was on the golf course.  He got news that a plane hit the Trade Center, and he joked with his golf partners about a person that could not see the tower and ran into it, explaining it happens occasionally at New York City that someone gets a pilot’s license and flies around Manhattan flying into things. 

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Brewers Announce Playoff Ticket Lottery

The Milwaukee Brewers announced plans for a lottery for Major League Baseball playoff tickets.

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High Debt Leads to US Slip Among World Economies

Indicators that our country is headed the wrong direction are everywhere. Unemployment lingers at unacceptable levels and national debt continues to spiral out of control with no end in sight.  Recent polls reveal nearly two-thirds of Americans believe the country is headed in the wrong direction.  Now, the United States has slipped again in standing among most-competitive economies.  During 2008, the United States had the most-competitive economy.  By 2010, that ranking was fourth.  Now, we have slipped again.

The organization releasing the rankings, the World Economic Forum, pointed to huge deficits as a major reason for the continuing slide.  As we saw with the credit downgrade earlier this year, massive levels of debt have a discouraging impact on business.  In Wisconsin, Republicans have made great strides to make Wisconsin a great place to live and do business.  Republicans have balanced the state budget and repaid funds raided during past administrations.  The state's credit rating was also affirmed by all three bond rating agencies earlier this year.

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Hales Corners Veterans Memorial Ground Breaking

The Hales Corners Veterans Memorial ground breaking ceremony was yesterday, Sunday, September 11, 2011.  I joined the ranks of several speakers for the event with a couple hundred attending.

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National Guard to Assist Northwoods Clean Up Effort

Governor Walker has called up the Wisconsin National Guard to assist clean up efforts in northern Wisconsin after powerful storms during July downed more than 130,000 acres of timber.

The National Guard will assist local governments clear debris, fallen limbs, and tree trunks from right of ways. The blocked right of ways are a fire hazard and public safety concern.

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California's Rail Project: What Could Have Been

The MacIver Institute reports California’s high-speed rail project is as much as 56 percent, or $24 billion, over budget, before construction has even started. It appears Wisconsin dodged a major drain on state resources by saying no thanks to this costly project. You can read the entire report here.

Governor Talks Jobs During Radio Address

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Governor Scott Walker’s radio address for this week is about jobs and getting people back to work.

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Update on I-94 North/South Reconstruction

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) is doing intersection improvements at the intersection of Howell Avenue and Layton Avenue as part of the larger I-94 North/South reconstruction.more details here.

The State DOT has

Wisconsin Leads Midwest In Growth

Wisconsin is a still a long way from acceptable levels of unemployment and a robust economy; however, the state is outperforming the rest of the country according to an August 29, 2011, Federal Reserve News Release.

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Steele Solutions Inc. To Expand, Add 30 Jobs

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More great jobs news for the 28th Senate District!  Steele Solutions Inc. has announced plans for a $5.4 million expansion of its Franklin plant and add 30 jobs.

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Governor's Weekly Radio Address

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Governor Scott Walker’s radio address for this week is about working with job creators to get people back to work. click here.

The Governor discusses his many meetings with manufacturers and small business owners, as well as his upcoming jobs forums during the radio address.

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Medical Assistance Cost Savings Proposed

As part of Wisconsin’s first truly-balanced budget in decades, the Department of Health Services (DHS) was charged with coming up with cost-saving measures in the state’s Medical Assistance program.  Cost-saving measures are necessary in part because of the absence of one-time federal stimulus money used by the Doyle Administration to expand programs.

DHS released its plan for long-term Medical Assistance sustainability.  To view the plan overview and specific changes, click here.

Even Democrats Are Tired Of Protesters

The Wisconsin State Journal has an interesting article about the protesters at the Capitol.  The article prominently quotes Democrat legislators criticism of the troublemaking protesters.

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BREAKING NEWS: Court Rules Mukwonago Can Keep Mascot

Waukesha County Circuit Judge Donald Hassin Jr. ruled Mukwonago High School may keep its school mascot.  Judge Hassin ruled the 2010 state law allowing  an employee of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction to decide whether a mascot is discriminatory is unconstitutional.  Here is a link to Judge Hassin's ruling

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