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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.

Wisconsin Earns A- Grade for State Spending Transparency Website

The United States Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) Education Fund along with the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG) Foundation  issued a fifth annual evaluation of state transparency websites.  The report titled, Following the Money 2014 issued Wisconsin an A- grade.  The report recognizes OpenBook Wisconsin, the state’s new transparency website.  The OpenBook Wisconsin website includes operating expenditure data for state agencies, the legislature, the courts, and the University of Wisconsin System.  

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Federal Reserve Bank Details Recovery from the Great Recession

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta released an annual report detailing the country’s great recession recovery.  The interactive report is highly visual with a mix of graphics, charts, and texts detailing the labor market and status of the recovery.  The Federal Reserve reports although unemployment decreased nationwide, recoveries are getting longer and longer.  The report explains people are dropping out of the labor market; however some is attributed to age and retirement.   

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Monday April 14 is the 2014 Conservation Congress

Monday, April 14, 2014, 7:00 PM Wisconsin’s 72 counties are scheduled to host a Conservation Congress.  The yearly Conservation Congress provides a non-binding vote and voicing opinions about rule changes and advisory questions from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board.  This year’s ballot includes questions about fish and wildlife management. 

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Merit Pay Embraced by Oak Creek-Franklin School District

The Oak Creek-Franklin School District is adopting a merit pay compensation structure for new teachers beginning the 2014-15 school year.  The compensation structure categorizes teachers into four tiers, reflecting a pay range based on the teacher’s instructional effectiveness, professionalism, leadership and other descriptors.   Evaluations will be clarified for teachers before the new school year and will consider the teachers' full body of work. 

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Governor's Weekly Radio Address: "Investing in Wisconsin's Communities - Combating Heroin Addiction"

This week, I signed into law the H.O.P.E. legislative package – which stands for Heroin Opiate Prevention and Education.  Heroin use has spiked in Wisconsin and across the country in recent years, devastating families and putting loved ones at risk – regardless of gender, age, race, income, or zip code.

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