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.

Senator Lazich's Weekly Insight

Governor Signs Three Bills Into Law

Venture Capital Bill
Governor Walker signed the $25 million dollar bi-partisan venture capital bill.  Investing in Wisconsin-based start-up companies is an investment in private sector job growth.  This bill supports the entrepreneurial spirit that our history and state admires

Sanitation Workers Protection Law
Senate Bill 145 (SB 145), increases traffic penalties while sanitation workers are present, similar to laws protecting highway construction and maintenance workers.  Remember to slow down for workers on the road to prevent accidents and the risk of hefty penalties.

This law provides Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA) the ability to refinance their loans to borrowers. “This bill, potentially impacting thousands of WHEDA borrowers, provides those homeowners an economic option that can lower their monthly payments, give them extra disposable income, help them build equity faster, achieve better credit scores, and pay off their mortgages sooner,” said Governor Walker in his statement.


Wisconsin’s Investments Are Providing a Promising Path

State Gained 17,500 Jobs during June
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics June Preliminary report, Wisconsin gained 17,500 jobs and unemployment dropped to 6.8 percent. This puts Wisconsin third highest in the nation for total nonfarm jobs over the month and tied for second highest in growth rate at 0.6 percent.  While these numbers are not final, our reforms are keeping Wisconsin on track towards economic prosperity.

Economy Stable and Healthy
According to the Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) Bank CEO Economic Conditions Survey, Wisconsin’s “economy is stable and healthy.” Zero percent of bankers rated Wisconsin’s economy as poor, compared to three percent a year ago.

Milwaukee Soon to be Leader in Freshwater Technology
Four freshwater technology startups have been selected for the Water Council’s Global Freshwater Seed Accelerator Program. The goal of the program is to provide a strong pathway of water technology innovation and research here in Wisconsin. WEDC in partnership with the Water Council, UW-Whitewater and UW-Milwaukee are providing critical resources needed to foster water entrepreneurship and innovative water technology. The long term vision of these partnerships is to make Milwaukee the leader of freshwater technology, through encouraging and supporting enterprising entrepreneurs.

What’s Happening in District 28

Annual Waterford Balloon Festival
Don’t forget about the annual Waterford Balloon Festival this weekend July 19-20.  The festival features dozens of hot air balloons and various festivities. Last year, the festival generated an economic impact of $1.2 million from traveler spending at area hotels, restaurants and stores and anticipates generating $1.3 million this year.

“Waterford is a fantastic hidden Wisconsin gem, with gorgeous natural beauty, outdoor recreation, a charming downtown, and great events like this one,” said Tourism Secretary Stephanie Klett. “The extra marketing boost for the festival will help attract more visitors to Waterford, where they’ll discover for themselves all the community has to offer and create a positive economic impact in the area.”

For additional details about this weekend’s festival check out the website.

Wisconsin’s Oldest County Fair

Waukesha County Fair, Wisconsin’s oldest county fair, kicked off July 17 and goes till July 21, 2013.  Great for an afternoon of farm animals, food, fun and midway, or an ideal night out with great live entertainment.  For additional details about the county fair visit the website.


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