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.
Great News- According to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia Wisconsin ranks #2 in the strongest states for economic growth over the next six months. Our tough and prudent decisions continue to show merit on a national scale. As legislators we are not job creators, however our decisions greatly impact the environment for job creation. This is another recent indicator that our jobs and economic environment are improving.
As summer winds down and leaves begin to change colors, Governor Walker will begin searching for the 2013 Capitol Christmas Tree. Wisconsin Department of Administration staff will meet with potential donors to find this year’s Iconic Christmas tree.
Earlier this week, I met with investors and firms to discuss Wisconsin’s credit rating. These annual meetings give us a chance to discuss the state’s bond rating, the fiscal impact of our state budget, and the status of the economy in Wisconsin. Thankfully, we have a great story to tell. We turned a $3.6 billion budget deficit into a sizable surplus, we have the largest rainy day fund in state history, our state pension system is the only one in the U.S. that is fully funded, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia just ranked Wisconsin as second in the country on its leading indexes for the next six months.
Wisconsin’s dairy exports reached $171 million during the first six months of 2013, up 23 percent from this time last year. This ranks Wisconsin fourth in the nation for dairy exports.
The Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released the Supervised Release Placements and Expenditures audit about supervised release costs for sexually violent persons. After a year of treatment within a state mental health facility, a sexual violent person may petition for supervised release. Under supervised release the state of Wisconsin is responsible for finding housing and transporting the sexually violent person.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) released the 2013 Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast. The hunting and trapping assists hunters and trappers in pursuit of small game, deer, bear, furbearers, upland and migratory birds. Here is a link to the DNR’s 2013 Fall Hunting and Trapping Forecast: http://dnr.wi.gov/topic/hunt/documents/forecast.pdf