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Wisconsin Improves 21 places since 2010 in Chief Executive Magazine's Annual Best and Worst States for Business Survey

Chief Executive Magazine's Annual Best and Worst States for Business survey ranks Wisconsin the 20th best state to do business. This is an increase in Wisconsin's rank at 24 during 2011, and 41 during 2010. A Chief Executive article is complimentary to Wisconsin as one of the states that has shown the greatest improvement. Here is a link to the article:

A Reminder: In Person, Absentee Voting Ends Friday May 4, 2012, at 5:00 PM

If you plan to vote by absentee ballot in person at your municipal clerk's office for the Tuesday May 8, 2012, Primary Election, you have until Friday May 4, 2012, 5:00 PM.

George Will’s Son

Columnist George Will examines the life of his son Jon, born 40 years ago with Down syndrome, and today's society embracing the killing of children not deemed perfect in the womb:

DNR Fishing Information, Inland Fishing Opening Day May 5, 2012

With opening day of inland fishing May 5, 2012, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) websites have helpful information. The DNR website provides an electronic database to search lakes by county and find each lakes fishing regulations. Here is a link to the DNR's searchable database:

To find lakes within any Wisconsin county use this link:

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Wisconsin Department of Health Services Activates Dead Bird Reporting Hotline to Track West Nile Virus

If you observe a dead bird, you may call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610 and arrange to have the bird tested for West Nile virus. Hotline staff will answer questions about dead birds and provide information about safe handling, with gloves, and disposal.

According the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) West Nile virus is spread to people by the bite of a mosquito infected with the virus. Mosquitoes get infected with West Nile virus by feeding on infected birds and can then transmit the virus to other animals, birds, and humans.

For more information about West Nile virus, go to or

Unsung Heroes

I was at a gas station recently.   To clean my windshield, I usually hop over hose attached to the pump to grab the windshield sponge.   This time, instead of hopping, I walked around the opposite side of the pump.   I cleaned my windows, decided to hop the hose, caught my foot on the hose and went down. THUD! Embarrassment, pain and surprise caught me off guard. Two individuals witnessed the unblessed event and asked if I was ok. I said, “Yes, thanks so much.” A gentleman held his hand out to me, “Let me help you up”, he stated. I grabbed it, stood, and thanked him profusely. Talk about an act of kindness.

Two individuals, at the right place, right time. They didn’t have to extend a care, worry or ask if I was ok. They could have finished at the pump, jumped in their vehicles and drove away. Instead, they took time out for me, a complete stranger. Even if for a moment, it sure as heck made my day.

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UW Extension Weekly Horticulture PodCasts and Reports

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If you are interested in hearing what's going on "horticulturally" in Wisconsin each week, the UW Extension holds a weekly meeting where the Master Gardeners discuss the calls they have received from people and also the experts report on what plant, animal, disease or insect trends are happening.  They create both a podcast and a pdf transcript of the meetings. 

They are very informative and gives you an idea of the kinds of things you may see happening in your yard.  For example, they mention that even though it's been very warm and plants are growing well, the bird migrations have been slower. This is because the weather conditions in the south weren't favorable to pushing birds up north until recently.

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Breaking News: State Revenues Higher Than Projected

The Wisconsin Department of Administration (DOA) announced this afternoon revenue projections are $265 million higher than February projections. The memo from DOA Secretary Mike Huebsch to Governor Walker contains other great news.

 The Federal Bureau of Economic Analysis increased estimates for personal income, and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports stronger growth in employment than previously projected. You may read Secretary Huebsch’s memo here

Focus Anew

From this day forward, I am going to write about what I can see, touch, taste, feel and smell.  I am going to write about those who are a part of my life, those I talk to and spend time with on a regular basis. 

I welcome you to join me on this new journey. 

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May Is American Stroke Month

I received an email from an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association volunteer reminding me that May is American Stroke Month.  The email letter below lists warning signs.

Dear Senator Mary Lazich:

As a constituent and an American Heart Association/American Stroke Association volunteer, I am writing to remind you that May is American Stroke Month and a great time to learn or re-learn the warning signs of a stroke and learn healthy steps to preventing a stroke. Please share this information with your constituents and help us build awareness during stroke month.

Stroke is the No. 4 killer of men AND women nationwide and in Wisconsin, with more than 2,000 Wisconsin residents dying each year from stroke.  Stroke is also a leading cause of serious long-term disability in Wisconsin and nationwide. 

Warning Signs of a Stroke can include:
"    Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
"    Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding
"    Sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes
"    Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
"    Sudden, severe headache with no known cause

If you or someone you know experiences any of the above warning signs, call 9-1-1 immediately and seek medical help.

For more information on the warning signs and risk factors for stroke visit the American Stroke Association's website here:

Finally, please visit this site to learn what steps you can take to reduce your chances of having a stroke:
Thank you for your continued service to Wisconsin.


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Wisconsin Department of Revenue Chief Economist: Is Wisconsin Employment Growing?

Here is a link to Wisconsin Department of Revenue Chief Economist, John Koskinen’s, jobs outlook: Wisconsin is growing jobs

Wisconsin Gained 23,321 Jobs from December 2010 until December 2011

Data released today for the Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW) reveals 23,321 Wisconsin jobs were added between December 2010 and December 2011. The QCEW is a program within the US Department of Labor – Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) that compiles hard figures based on state counts of employment covering 98 percent of US jobs.

The positive employment numbers for the last year are a sharp contrast to initial estimates of a loss of 33,900 jobs over the same time period. The early employment figures were based solely on monthly reports from the BLS. These monthly reports have historically been prone to massive revision because they are based on a poll of only 3.5 percent of businesses.

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Legislative Council Study Committees Seeking Public Members

Legislative Council Study Committees are made up legislators and citizens interested or knowledgeable about a study topic. The study committees examine major issues and problems identified by the Legislature. I serve as the Senate Co-Chair of the Joint Legislative Council and, along with the State Assembly Co-Chair recently approved the following six study committees and scope statements:

1. Special Committee on 911 Communications
The Special Committee is directed to review 911 public safety communications in Wisconsin and develop legislation as needed to strengthen and improve the system. The Special Committee shall study: (a) creation of a statewide entity to provide coordination and long-term planning for the system; (b) existing funding sources and projected costs of the system; (c) the training curriculum and requirements for 911 dispatch personnel; (d) establishment of a minimum 911 service standard; (e) methods to upgrade multi-line telephone system technology to enable responders to locate calls originating from large or multi-location facilities; and (f) best practices around the country for potential implementation in Wisconsin.

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The Effect of the End of the Bush Tax Cuts

Smart Money Magazine has an eye opening article about the effect the end of the Bush era tax cuts on the average tax payer. Here is a link:

Government Accountability Board Releases Memo College and University Students Voting in June 5, 2012, Election

The Government Accountability Board (GAB) issued a memo about students with an address change 30 days prior to the June 5, 2012, recall election. Here is a link to the GAB memo:

SHARE Wisconsin

 For many, many years, my husband and I have been volunteers for the Share food distribution in the area - first in West Allis and then Greenfield.  We met some great people along the way and enjoyed great food at prices much less than what we paid in the grocery stores.  We rarely had to purchase meats, fruits or vegetables  from the grocery stores.  

Yesterday, May 19th was the last distribution of Share products.  The program is ending.  

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Absentee Voting Starts Today For June 5th Election

Absentee voting begins today for the June 5, 2012, recall election. Voters have until Friday June 1, 2012, to cast an in-person absentee ballot at their city clerk's office.

Fifty Shades of WHAT THE...

I read it, the latest greatest novel for women, aka porn at its finest.   Let’s just say that being the kind of girl I am I view it in a few different lights. Let’s discuss. 

Spoiler alerts: I am going to discuss certain aspects of the book.   I am going to ruin the anticipation. Reader be warned.

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Lost Dog - Please Help!!!

Hi Everyone..

taking a left instead of an "I'm right".  :)  Please keep your eyes open for Briggs....  If you've seen him, please call his owner.  You may have to log into your facebook account to view the link below. 

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