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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.

Union threats unacceptable

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that union leaders in southeast Wisconsin are threatening to boycott local businesses that do not display a pro-union sign in their windows.According to the Journal Sentinel, a letter to businesses explains that not displaying a sign "will leave us no choice but (to) do a public boycott of your business. And sorry, neutral means 'no' to those who work for the largest employer in the area and are union members." Capitol chaos was not enough. The union leaders are on an all out assault to keep their jobs. This is not about union workers. This is about union leaders keeping their six-digit jobs. Apparently, union bosses find their own power more important than community cohesion, and the jobs of workers at community businesses.

This playground bullying method by union leaders to strong-arm local businesses is disgusting. Threatening business owners simply for refusing to display a sign shows union bosses’ true priorities.

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Election Day today

elections, voting

Today, April 5, is Election Day. The State Supreme Court race between David Prosser and JoAnne Kloppenburg is the only statewide race on the ballot, and there are many local races.

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Monday budget hearings at the Capitol

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Members of the Joint Finance Committee heard testimony from the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Transportation during budget briefings Monday. 

Secretary Ben Brancel of the Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection spoke of the department’s plans to add meat safety inspectors. This will allow state meat packing companies to comply with federal standards and ship their meat outside Wisconsin.

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Senate approves two bills

The State Senate returned to the floor Tuesday to vote on bills in both Special and Regular session.

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Governor Walker signs Balanced Budget Bill

bill signings; budget; walker

Today, Governor Walker signed Special Session Senate Bill 12. Special Session Senate Bill 12 contains the fiscal elements of the original budget repair bill.

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Budget hearing at State Fair Park today

budget

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is meeting today at State Fair Park, West Allis to hear testimony about the budget.

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National Tax Freedom Day

Today is national Tax Freedom Day, the day American workers earned enough money to pay their federal, state and local taxes.

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Don't Forget to File Tax Returns by Midnight April 18, 2011

The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) expects approximately three million income tax returns this season, and about 75% of them will be filed electronically, ranking Wisconsin sixth in the nation.  Filing electronically saves DOR more than $3 on processing costs per return, translating into a total savings of nearly $6.3 million! The current average refund for 2010 returns is $667.

If you will not meet the April 18 tax filing deadline, you may request an extension from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) by April 18 to avoid penalties.   That gives the you until October 15 to file your tax return without penalty; however, 1% interest will accrue each month on the amount due until the tax return is filed.  People filing an extension with the IRS automatically receive a state extension.  You must attach a copy of the IRS extension to your Wisconsin income tax return.  Also, do not forget to keep a copy of IRS Federal Extension Form 4868 for your records. 

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Congratulations to Ian McAllister!

The Ian McAllister Eagle Scout ceremony was yesterday at the Greenfield Public Library.  Congratulations to Ian!

Whereas, Ian D. McAllister is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 598, and through dedication and commitment attained the rank of Eagle Scout; and

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Foster care, job creation bills have committee hearing

committee; legislation; economy

The Senate Committee on Public Health, Human Services, and Revenue held a hearing Thursday on four bills I am pleased to sponsor.

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New Berlin Town Hall meeting announced

town halls

Town hall meetings are being scheduled throughout the district during the month of May. The New Berlin Town Hall will be the first Town Hall in the series. It is scheduled May 6, 2011, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at New Berlin City Hall.

The City Hall is located at 3805 South Casper Drive, New Berlin, Wisconsin. You can get directions here.

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Joint Finance Committee meeting Tuesday

budget; JFC

The legislative Joint Finance Committee met today to begin voting on the state budget. The Finance Committee will debate and vote on budget issues during the next month. Today, the Joint Finance Committee considered the following:

  • Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board.
  • Children and Families – Child Support.
  • Health Services – Care Facilities.
  • Administration – Division of Gaming.
  • Office of State Employment Relations.
  • Revenue – Lottery Administration.
  • Public Defender.
  • Judicial Council.
  • Judicial Commission.
  • Board of Commissioners of Public Lands.
  • The Department of Natural Resources.
  • Fox River Navigational System Authority.
  • Lower Wisconsin State Riverway Board.

You may view the Joint Finance Committee budget papers at this link: http://legis.wisconsin.gov/lfb/2011-13%20Budget/Budget%20Papers/April%2026%20.htm.

Arbor Day is Friday

arbor day

National Arbor Day is this Friday April 29, 2011. Arbor Day has been a Wisconsin celebration since 1883, encouraging tree planting and care. The DNR has five suggestions to celebrate Arbor Day: http://dnr.wi.gov/forestry/education/arborday.htm

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Lance Baretz Named 2011 WIAA Scholar Athlete

Lance BaretzFranklin High Schoolwas recently named a 2011 WIAA Scholar Athlete.  32 seniors, 16 girls and 16 boys, were selected from 758 nominations and over 400 WIAA member schools, after exhibiting outstanding field/court performances and outstanding classroom performance.  Among this years 2011 WIAA Scholar Athletes are 16 students with a 4.0 GPA, 76 conference championships, nine WIAA Individual State Championships, and eight WIAA Team Championships. 
 
Lance will receive his award during a ceremony featuring guest speaker Suzy Favor-Hamilton, this Sunday, May 1, 2011, at Wausau. 
 
Congratulations Lance! 

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