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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.

Governor Doyle being asked to return "tainted" donations

Wisconsin Right to Life (WRTL) is urging Wisconsin residents to contact Governor Doyle to request he return thousands of dollars in campaign donations he has received from a late-term abortionist and his wife.  WRTL calls the donations, “tainted money.”

Read more in this WRTL blog.

The girls are in action Friday night

Good news from Senate District 28

The following girl’s high school basketball teams at schools in Senate District 28 play Friday night, March 6, 2009 in sectional semi-final games of the state tournament with the sectional finals set for Saturday night, March 7, 2009:




The winners of the sectionals advance to the state tournament in Madison next week. Good luck, girls!

I hope Governor Doyle, legislative Democrats do not find out about this


The governor of Illinois is preparing to propose an incredible tax increase this week. The Chicago Tribune reports, “The Tribune has reported that sources familiar with the governor's budget speech on Wednesday say  (Governor Pat) Quinn is considering raising the state's personal income tax rate, to 4.5 percent from 3 percent.”

That is a 50 percent increase. Yikes!

Read more in the Chicago Tribune.

State Budget Watch: Your cell phone

State budget

Here is yet another example of Governor Doyle’s penchant for raiding funds.

The governor is calling for $25 million in rebates designed for consumers to instead be transferred to local governments. It is another in a pattern of moves by the governor to raid funds to use for another purpose. There is a larger principle at play. This is your money and the governor wants to take it away.

The Associated Press has complete details on the history of the rebate and the governor’s provision in his proposed 2009-11 state budget here.

State Senate Calendar for Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Here is the calendar for the state Senate floor session Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 11:00 a.m..

UPDATE: Harley-Davidson rides out the tough times


Last week, I blogged about a New York Times article that said Harley-Davidson was having troubles because its baby boomer clientele was getting too old.  

My reaction was that the storied company has a history of resiliency and would rebound.

Harley-Davidson’s reaction? It responded by taking out a rather blunt, full two-page ad in Sunday’s edition of the New York Times in the form of the American flag:


Tax Freedom Day is April 13


Tax Freedom Day
is the day Americans will have earned enough money to
pay this year’s tax obligations at the federal, state and local levels.

Tax Freedom Day in Wisconsin will also fall on April 13, 2009.  That compares to last year’s Tax Freedom day of April 21, 2008.

If that sounds like good news, it depends on your view. Wisconsin’s 2008 Tax Freedom Day was the 14th worst in the country. This year’s Tax Freedom Day is the 12th worst of all the states.

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