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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.

State of the State 2013; A Look Forward, A Look Back

Governor Scott Walker is scheduled to give his third State of the State Address tomorrow, January 15, 2013, 7:00 PM.   It is scheduled live on public television and streamed live via the Governor’s homepage.

Two years ago the State of Wisconsin had a $3.6 billion dollar deficit, an unemployment rate of 7.5 percent and lost over 180,000 jobs.  During 2010 only 10 percent of Wisconsin businesses thought we were headed in the right direction, and Chief Executive Magazine ranked Wisconsin 41st in the nation in their annual Best States for Business ranking.

Fast forward to today, and we have a balanced budget while holding the line on taxes. We turned a projected deficit into a $341 million dollar surplus, and for the first time in the state’s history we made two consecutive historic deposits into the rainy day fund. Our unemployment rate dropped to 6.7 percent, and the private sector created new jobs.  A WMC survey last year revealed 94 percent of businesses thought Wisconsin was headed in the right direction and we now rank 20th in the nation for business by Chief Executive Magazine.

Tough decisions and bold reforms during the last legislative session got us to where we are today. Moving forward we will build off the proven reforms of last session. The Senate’s top priorities this session are to approve a mining bill, focus on job growth, and balance the budget. While Governor Walker will outline his top priorities tomorrow evening he will likely focus on:

-Job creation.

-Developing our workforce to keep up with the growing demand for skilled workers in manufacturing and construction.

-Reforming public education.

- Continued government reform and eliminating wasteful spending.

- Improve Wisconsin’s infrastructure.

You may view Governor Walker’s State of the State Address tomorrow night LIVE at 7:00PM at: http://www.walker.wi.gov/

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