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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.

Tuesday at the Capitol

budget, legislation

A judge issued a restraining order requiring state officials to open the Capitol to the public.

Judge Daniel Moeser said the Capitol must remain open during normal business hours and at the time “governmental matters, such as hearings, listening sessions, or court arguments are being conducted.” People have been camping out in the Capitol since February 14. Police were trying to clear the building for cleaning purposes and to maintain normal business hours.

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Press release: Lazich responds to Gov. Walker's budget address


March 1, 2011 

For immediate release

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Representative government and the Constitution

Today is a dark day for the state of Wisconsin. I do not take this action lightly.

The actions of Democrat Senators have usurped the rules of the Senate and the Constitution of the State of Wisconsin. By holding democracy hostage to prove a point, their behavior has set a dangerous precedent and threatened a Constitutional crisis in our state.

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Damage to Capitol at least $7.5 million

The Department of Administration’s chief legal counsel testified in court today it would cost $7.5 million to clean up the damage to the Capitol’s marble walls from the adhesives and tape used by protesters to put up signs around the building. 

Where will $7.5 million come from to pay the bill? Certainly the hard-working taxpayers of Wisconsin do not deserve to get stuck with the bill.

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Senate Democrats found in contempt

Shortly after 4:00 PM, the Wisconsin State Senate Chief Clerk read the names of the absent Senators to give them one final chance to appear. When they did not reply to the roll call, the 14 Senate Democrats were found guilty of contempt and disorderly behavior by the State Senate. 

It was a somber scene in the Senate Chamber as Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald signed orders holding all 14 Senate Democrats in contempt of the Senate. The order to hold the Senators in contempt authorizes law enforcement throughout Wisconsin to detain and bring Senators to the State Senate Chamber.

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Senate approves budget repair bill


The Senate removed all items requiring a quorum from the budget repair bill and approved the bill at 6:22 PM.

Press release: Lazich statement on approval of Senate Bill 11

March 9, 2011

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Setting the record straight on budget repair bill

Setting the record straight on budget repair bill
A legislative column by Senator Mary Lazich

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New Berlin Superintendent supports budget repair bill

, and the district will not layoff a single employee for financial reasons during the next fiscal year.The budget repair bill will assist school districts and other local government units to balance their books and maintain government here.

New Berlin School District Superintendent Paul Kreutzer joined Governor Walker at a press conference about the recently-signed budget repair bill.

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Joint Finance Committee public hearing schedule announced

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance will have public hearings on the 2011-2013 budget.

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Governor Walker releases Balanced Budget legislation

Today Governor Walker released legislation to balance the budget at the end of this fiscal year, June 30, 2011. Here is the Governor's press release about the legislation.

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