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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.

Great Lakes update

Mary in the media

I spoke with a reporter from the Waukesha Freeman to discuss the Great Lakes Compact. The Freeman article appeared on Saturday.

You can read the Great Lakes update here.

Wisconsin is not cheap when it comes to schools

In the past, I’ve written that the state of Wisconsin is very generous when it come s to its support of public education. A report by the non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) confirms the state’s generosity.

WISTAX reports, “Wisconsin spends more on public schools than on any other area. In 2006-07, the state’s school districts budgeted $9.6 billion, or an average of $11,085 per pupil. Of that, $6,442, or 58%, was for instruction. Per pupil expenditures rose 4.2%, with building and grounds costs up the most (5.0%)."

Read the entire WISTAX report.

The state Senate takes up the budget today

State budget

The state Senate will take up Governor Doyle’s second budget proposal at 1:00 this afternoon.

You can watch the state Senate floor session on Wisconsin Eye.

You may listen to the discussion on the Senate floor about the ramifications of the budget on state taxpayers.

Watch my testimony about the state budget on the Senate floor

State budget

Wisconsin Eye has video of the entire state Senate floor session from Monday, October 15, 2007 on its website.

You can watch the session here.

Go to 10.15.07 | State Senate Special Session Part 2.

Click on WATCH.

The segment that includes my floor speech begins at 2:17: 35 and ends at 2:30: 52

WisconinEye to be featured on BadgerNet

WisconsinEye, the statewide public affairs network providing coverage of Wisconsin state government, has reached an agreement with the state Department of Administration to broadcast on the BadgerNet video network.

BadgerNet is seen on education and government sites in all 72 Wisconsin counties.

WisconsinEye is expected to be available to BadgerNet Converged Network (BCN) video sites by January 15, 2008, bringing news about state government to over 255 schools and 54 college campuses in Wisconsin.

WisconsinEye began in May 2007 and can be seen on digital cable at Time Warner Channel 163.

Here is more information.

Wisconsin ranks high in hospital care

Government health care

The latest results of an annual study that examines patient outcomes at 5,000 hospitals across the nation show the best care was found in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin.

The 10th annual Health Grades Hospital Quality in America Study released last week ranked the best and worst regions and states in the country for hospital care.

Here is the story with more details and the complete study.

The study is yet another perfect example of why Wisconsin doesn’t need government health care.

More bad press for booster seats

I am on record opposing Wisconsin’s booster seat law.

The Chicago Tribune has completed an exhaustive study of car seats and found that oversight and testing of car seats is limited, leaving many children at risk of serious injury.

The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel ran a huge front page story in Sunday’s edition on more problems with booster seats. Here is the Journal/Sentinel piece.

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