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 Leads Midwest In Growth

Wisconsin is a still a long way from acceptable levels of unemployment and a robust economy; however, the state is outperforming the rest of the country according to an August 29, 2011, Federal Reserve News Release.

The latest Midwest Economy Index (MEI) published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago reveals Wisconsin’s relative MEI, or growth relative to the rest of the country, is the highest of the five-state Midwest region.  Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan comprise the rest of the Midwest.  Wisconsin’s 0.26 relative MEI means growth in the state is a quarter of a percent higher compared to national trends.  Powering Wisconsin’s region-best relative MEI is the state’s manufacturing sector.


This is a step in the right direction.  Still, Wisconsin lawmakers must continue pursuing pro-growth legislation to attract jobs to the state and create a robust economy.


To read the Federal Reserve’s News Release, click here.

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