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 Scott Walker and First Lady Tonette Walker, The Adjutant General of Wisconsin, Major General Donald Dunbar, and Veterans Affairs Secretary John Scocos will be hosting the Wisconsin Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony Friday, December 2, 2011, 8:15 AM on the first floor of the State Capitol rotunda at
The New Berlin Christmas Parade is Saturday, December 3, 2011, at 3:00 PM. The parade route begins at
NOTE: There is a rumor that after the parade, Santa Claus will give Christmas stockings filled with candy to all the good little boys and girls near the fire station on
Governor Walker’s weekly radio address is about finding ways to encourage educator effectiveness. The full text of the address is below. To listen to the address, click here.
The state Office of the Inspector General (OIG), an office within the Department of Health Services (DHS), released a new public assistance fraud hotline. Suspected public assistance fraud may be reported to the Office of the Inspector General Fraud Hotline toll free at 1-877-865-3432.
It is important to be careful about giving away personal information on the internet. Muskego Police Lieutenant David Constantineau explains safety concerns in his Muskego Police Department Neighborhood Watch newsletter.
The Department of Workforce Development has implemented enhancements to the employment website www.jobcenterofwisconsin.com. The website has Twitter and Facebook feeds on its homepage. Job-seekers may also access the service at www.facebook.com/jobcenterofwisconsin and www.twitter.com/JobCenterWI.
The Job Center of Wisconsin has more than 30,000 job listings. Job-seekers may browse these jobs and upload resumes to the site for consideration by interested employers.
Governor Scott Walker’s weekly radio address is about World War II veterans and the Honor Flight program. The full text of the address is below. To listen to the address, click here.
According to Senator Scott Fitzgerald’s office, 54 of 60 bills signed into law this year, a total of 90 percent, earned bipartisan support.
The Assembly Committee on Jobs, Economy, and Small Business scheduled a hearing about proposed mining legislation. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 2011, 10:00 AM at
A sign the economy is improving, metro
Things are looking better for job seekers in
Governor Scott Walker’s weekly radio address is about efforts to gain a federal waiver for the state's SeniorCare program. The full text of the address is below. To listen to the address, click here.
The full text of the address is below.
High school juniors and seniors may apply for the Senate Scholar Program, through the Wisconsin State Senate. Senate Scholars spend a week learning about and participating in
Wisconsin's lakes will soon be frozen. That means ice fishing is just around the corner. The Wisconsin DNR has an informational website to help you stay safe and have a fun ice fishing season.
Wisconsin Emergency Management wishes everyone a happy holiday season and urges
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) provides information about the accuracy of airport luggage scales. With so many people traveling via air this holiday season and airlines charging for heavy bags, the accuracy of airport luggage scales is important. Here is information from DATCP about airport luggage scales:
Airline passengers pay to check their luggage, and the cost goes up substantially if the bags are overweight. This holiday travel season, Wisconsin travelers can be confident that the state’s airline baggage scales measure up.
Wisconsin weights and measures inspectors and city sealers inspected each of the 60 luggage scales in the state’s commercial airports and found an accuracy rate of 98.3 percent. All scales that were not working properly have been repaired.
The Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released an audit about the Medical Assistance Program managed by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services.
During January 2011 1.2 million people in
The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) website includes a property tax section. This new section has useful information about property tax bills, assessment, equalization, property tax credits and other topics.
Governor Scott Walker’s weekly radio address is about the holiday season. The full text of the address is below. To listen to the address, click here.
The full text of the address is below.
Hi, this is Scott Walker.
Governor Walker appointed Jennifer Dorow to fill a Waukesha County Circuit Court vacancy. Governor Walker's press release follows.
Governor Walker Appoints Jennifer R. Dorow to Serve on the Circuit Court of Waukesha County
The Wisconsin National Guard and Wisconsin Emergency Management will be tracking Santa's progress delivering presents to Wisconsin's children via Facebook and Twitter.
A KC-135 Stratotanker will leave from Milwaukee to meet up with Santa over Lake Superior and provide carrots and water for the reindeer and power bars and hot cocoa for Santa Claus.
A squadron of F-16 fighter jets from Madison will escort Santa on his journey to Wisconsin.
Updates can be found at www.facebook.com/ReadyWisconsin and www.Twitter.com/ReadyWisconsin
To track Santa's flight all over the world go to Norad Tracks Santa at: http://www.noradsanta.org
Merry Christmas to all!
It is a good time to be a Wisconsin Badgers fan. The Wisconsin football team won its second consecutive Big Ten Conference championship in a thrilling game against Michigan State earlier this month. January 2, 2012, the tenth-ranked Badgers will play the Rose Bowl, one of the most prestigious college football bowl games in the country, for the second straight year and the fourth time since 1999.
The Wisconsin men’s cross country team recently won its fifth NCAA national championship with an unbelievable streak of 13 consecutive conference championships.
If you have questions about individual tax returns and/or filing requirements, you may contact the Department of Revenue's (DOR's) Customer Service Bureau at (608) 266-2772 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen announced that seven television manufacturers have agreed to settle an antitrust suit brought by the Wisconsin Department of Justice involving allegations of price fixing. The terms of settlement would have the manufacturers pay more than $500 million to refund consumers and businesses in 25 states. Attorneys General from eight states coordinated in the effort.
Last week, the US Justice Department blocked implementation of South Carolina’s voter ID law. The claim that photo ID laws disenfranchise voters has been made before and is not entirely surprising. However, the department’s attack is fairly unique in that it utilizes Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. The provision requires certain states to obtain preclearance from the US Attorney General or the US District Court for the District of Colombia for any modification to voting rules.
Importantly, this could not happen to Wisconsin’s voter ID law. Unlike South Carolina, Wisconsin is not a covered jurisdiction receiving Section 5 federal scrutiny. Therefore, our election laws do not have to be pre-cleared by the Justice Department.
It is hard to believe 2012 is just around the corner. While everyone rings in the New Year in their own way, people should be hyper vigilant about driving. Drunk driving is completely preventable, and using the Free Rides program is one option available to ensure people celebrating New Year’s Eve get home safely. For the past 24 years the Free Rides programs provided rides New Year’s Eve at Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties.
This year the program will be offered Saturday, December 31, 2011, in partnership with Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS), Waukesha Metro Transit, Beer Capitol Distributing, Frank Beer Distributing and numerous community partners. Program times and routes vary by city.
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Governor Walker's radio address this week is about protecting property taxpayers. The full text of the address is below. To listen to the address, click here.
In response to heightened federal security regulations, the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will change the way drivers' licenses and identification cards are issued. The changes will begin taking effect early 2012.DMV patrons will receive a paper receipt that is valid until the card comes in the mail. Drivers' licenses and state photo IDs will now be printed in California and mailed to the person ID recipient. The ID receipt will be valid identification for driving, and is one of nine different forms of identification that can be used to vote.
Instead of walking away with a card in hand,
Beginning January 1, 2012, Milwaukee County Transit is changing some bus routes. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has details about the coming changes.
The Rose Bowl trophy is not the only thing up for grabs during Sunday's game between the University of Wisconsin and the University of Oregon. Governor Scott Walker and Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber placed a friendly wager on the outcome of the game.
If the Badgers win, Governor Kitzhaber owes Governor Walker a gift package of Oregon craft beer, Kettle Chips, Oregon Hazelnuts, and smoked king salmon. If Oregon wins, Governor Walker owes Governor Kitzhaber some Leinenkugels, cheese, Andes mints, and a bottle of Blushing Rose Wine from Wollersheim Winery in Prairie du Sac.