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.

Wisconsin government keeps growing


While the private sector struggles across the state and country, state and local government in Wisconsin is growing.

According to U.S. Census Bureau data obtained by the Wheeler Report, state employment accounted for 70,457 full time employees during 2009, up from 69,019 during  2008. Local government employment was 222,214 during 2009, up from 214,332 during 2008.


Nationally, the 89,526 state and local government units employed 16.6 million  during  2009. the census Bureau describes the figure as  “statistically unchanged from 2008.” The same holds true for part time employees that number 4.7 million during 2009, approximately the same number as 2008.

The Census Bureau detailed specific areas of employment for state and local government employees.  Most, 8.9 million, work in education. Another one million work in hospitals. Other areas include police protection (963,139), and corrections (759,513).

Wisconsin is bucking a national trend. The Census Bureau reports most states showed declines in local government jobs.

Keep in mind that during the 2002 gubernatorial campaign, Jim Doyle promised he would eliminate 10,000 state jobs by 2010. reported during May 2009, “
To date, the administration has actually taken on an extra 3,000 jobs since Doyle took office. “

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