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.
Celebrating Our Independence
The United States of America is arguably the greatest country in the history of the world because in times of crisis, whether it be economic, fiscal, or military, ordinary citizens have risked their futures with the hope that they could make our country better off for the next generation.
I was reminded of this when, not too long ago, I visited Independence Hall in Philadelphia for the first time in my life. When I walked into the room and saw the chairs and desks that Benjamin Franklin, George Washington and others used to create our founding documents, it had a powerful impact on me.
When I was a student learning about our nation’s birth, I often thought of our founders as superheroes. But literally seeing the chairs they sat in and the small room used to debate and adopt the Declaration of Independence made me realize they were just ordinary people who did something exceptional. Our founders were normal people who risked everything to standup to an oppressive government with the hope that they could make America a better place for their children and grandchildren.
Since that time, military service members have selflessly served to protect the freedoms our founders risked their lives for when they read the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776 at Independence Square. Both military service members and veterans are in large part responsible for the preservation of our society as we know it today.
Because of this, I proclaimed 2012 the Year of the Veteran, with the hope we could help those returning home reintegrate into civilian society with housing, education, health care, and meaningful jobs.
The best part of my job is welcoming home those who have served overseas. The hardest days are when I have to attend military funerals. However hard it is, talking with the families of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, always gives me hope. At nearly every military funeral I attended, a family member or friend of the fallen soldier has come up to me and thanked the people of our great state for honoring those returning home. It’s remarkable that those who are experiencing an unbelievable amount of grief from the loss of a son or daughter, husband or wife, or friend, can take the time to thank the people of our state. They are what make our state and country great.
While we will certainly face difficult challenges in the future, it is important to remember the extraordinary courage exhibited by ordinary people throughout our nation’s history. I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the courage exhibited by our founders, our service members, and our veterans. If you see a veteran or service member at a parade, community event or gathering throughout this summer, please thank them for their service and for protecting our freedoms.
Governor Walker Announces First Recipients of Dairy Grants
Agriculture is one of Wisconsin’s top three industries, which is why earlier this year we rolled out the Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Initiative, with the goal of producing 30-billion pounds of milk by 2020.
This week I announced the first recipients of the Grow Wisconsin Dairy Producer Grants, which were awarded to dairy farmers around the state. These unique grants require matching funds from farmers, and will help improve the long term viability of Wisconsin’s dairy industry. They are targeted at long-term, sustained dairy operations to meet the growing needs of Wisconsin dairy producers.
One fact that often surprises those not directly associated with agriculture is that Wisconsin dairy farms currently produce only 90% of the milk volume needed by the state’s dairy processors. This is because dairy processors have an expanding cheese, butter and specialty product market, all of which are milk based products.
The Grow Wisconsin Dairy 30x20 Initiative is an ongoing program where dairy farmers can get advice and referrals to resources that will help meet their needs and make their operations more productive and sustainable. For more information on the program you can call 855-WIDAIRY (855-943-2479) or email GrowWisconsinDairy@wi.gov.
U.S. Women’s Golf Open in Wisconsin
This weekend Blackwolf Run in Kohler, Wisconsin is hosting the U.S. Women’s Golf Open. The event will bring in lots of tourists—providing a substantial positive economic impact to the area.
“America’s Top States For Business 2012”
Get ready to battle for business! On July 9, CNBC is launching the “Top States Twitter Battle.” Beginning Monday you can go to http://topstates.cnbc.com to watch our video that explains why Wisconsin is a top state to do business in. Vote for Wisconsin by tweeting with #TopStatesWI. This is a great way to spread the word about all of the strides we’ve made in the past year and a half, which will help fuel our economic recovery and bring more jobs to the state. Vote #TopStatesWI and let everyone know that Wisconsin is Open for Business!
It has been a pleasure communicating with you. It is an honor to serve as your Governor and represent the residents of Wisconsin.
Governor Scott Walker