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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.

Reminder: calling all veterans

Veterans issues

Next week, the Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs will hold two meetings in Waukesha to provide information on benefits and services available to veterans.

Here’s more information.

Jim Ryan dies

I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of my longtime friend and colleague, Hales Corners Village President Jim Ryan.

Jim Ryan was a dedicated public servant, who tirelessly devoted thoughtful attention to his constituents, even during his failing health.

I will always remember him as a kind, decent, honest statesman who gave his all to the citizens he represented. It was an honor to know and work with Jim Ryan. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

State budget trickery

State budget

Once again, gimmicks and tricks were used to balance the state budget that I voted against.

The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WTA) reports, “Increased tobacco taxes, higher vehicle fees, and expanded health care for the poor are a few ways the 2007-09 state budget differs from its predecessors. But when it comes to “balancing the books,” new and old budgets have a lot in common: fund transfers, one-time or unsure revenues, accounting shifts, GAAP and structural deficits, borrowing, and slim balances.”

The state budget contains increased spending, tax increases and a huge structural deficit of $892-million the Legislature will have to grapple with in two years.

Here is the entire WTA report.

Think universal health care is dead?

Government health care

Guess again.

Momentum is slowly building in the high-profile state of California to enact government health care.

Stateline.org reports, “California has 6.6 million uninsured – more than any state – and a third of those reside in Los Angeles County, according to the California HealthCare Foundation, a nonprofit group that studies the state’s health-care delivery and financing. A trendsetting state on issues from cleaning up smog to banning toxic plastics in toys, California now could become a prime test bed for universal health care.”

Here is the stateline.org report.

Think it couldn’t happen here?

Senate Democrats vow to return with another catastrophically expensive government health care plan.

Government health care was rejected during the budget process and it must be defeated when the plan resurfaces.

Sign up for Wisconsin's No Call List

If you haven’t registered your home phone on Wisconsin’s No Call List, you can get on the list January 1, 2008. But you have until December 1, 2007 to register.

Registering is easy. Just fill out this online form.

Signing up identifies you as someone who does not wish to receive telemarketing calls. It's free and available for residential telephone customers in Wisconsin. Your number will remain on the List for two years. Adding your residential phone number to the List will help reduce telemarketing calls to your home.

Christmas in the state Capitol

The state Department of Administration (DOA) has announced Christmas events and displays in the State Capitol. (The Department uses the word, “Holiday.” I say, “Christmas”).

Here’s the DOA news release.

 

Good luck, Mark!

Today, one of the Assembly representatives in our state Senate district and my good friend, Mark Gundrum, left for Fort Bragg.

Mark will undergo weeks of training before heading to Iraq to serve his country.

I will miss Mark a great deal as will his constituents and the Wisconsin Legislature.

May God bless him during this tour of duty and bring him safely back to Wisconsin and his wonderful family.

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