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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.

I'm a guest of Mike Gousha's

Mary in the media

I will be a guest this Sunday morning on Channel 12’s Up Front with Mike Gousha.

We will discuss the state Supreme Court race and calls for reforming judicial campaigns.

You can see Up Front with Mike Gousha this Sunday morning on Channel 12 at 9:00 a.m.

Wisconsin now has an official tartan

Governor Doyle has signed legislation that creates the official state tartan. I was the lead Senate sponsor of the legislation.

Take a look.  The story behind the tartan is quite interesting.

Governor quietly drops cost-savings program, audit planned

Audits

The Wisconsin State Journal is reporting that last year, Governor Doyle’s administration “quietly dropped” the Accountability, Consolidation and Efficiency, or ACE initiative. The administration promoted ACE, promising a savings to the state of $200 million over four years by determining more effective ways to make state purchases.

My colleague, state Senator Rob Cowles of Green Bay has asked for an audit of ACE. Cowles is correct that during a time of a $650 million dollar revenue shortfall, the state must take every step it can to ensure funding is being spent appropriately and effectively.

Read the Wisconsin State Journal article.


States look to Venezuela for energy assistance

Wisconsin is one of 15 states to accept free heating oil from Venezuela to help low-income families heat their homes this past winter.

Some states refuse to participate because of America’s political differences with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Stateline.org has the details.

Is the hospital tax dead?

Taxes

 

I certainly hope so.

The Wisconsin State Journal is reporting Democrats might be ready to drop their proposed hospital tax as one of the provisions to fix the state’s $652.3 million revenue shortfall. 

I am on record opposing any tax increase that is part of the budget repair bill.


 

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