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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 Senator Lazich's Weekly Insight

        Obamacare and Extending BadgerCare and Health Insurance
                                     Risk Sharing Plan (HIRSP)
Because the federal government implementation of Obamacare failed does not mean Wisconsinites relying on publicly funded and subsidized healthcare should fall through the cracks.  Governor Walker called for a special session to assist with the transition.  The special session of the legislature will consider a bill to extend Wisconsin’s system, including high risk insurance plans, for three months.  The additional three months will help people adjust to the federal program without interruption of healthcare.  Extending the pre-budget system for healthcare within Wisconsin is the responsible reaction to the unprecedented failure of the Obamacare rollout.

The Joint Committee on Finance public hearing and executive session about the special session bill is scheduled December 2, 2013.  The State Assembly is expected to debate the bill December 4, 2013, and the State Senate is expected to debate the bill December 19, 2013.  

Click here to see the Legislative Fiscal Bureau Memo about the special session bill and the three month extension

                                     Cyber Monday Warning
The Monday after Thanksgiving weekend has evolved into the busiest online shopping day of the year within the United States, and with it comes the risk of fraud, be it loss of money, receiving counterfeit merchandise, or credit card fraud. There are many precautions consumers can take to protect themselves while still enjoying holiday deals. The following are tips provided by the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP) to prevent online fraud:

When choosing to pay for an item:

  • Pay with a credit card rather than a debit card, check or other forms of cash payments.
  • Many credit card companies allow you to dispute charges. (Check with your CC holder).
  • When making purchases with a credit card and other personal information make sure the network you are using is protected. The local café you frequent may not have protected internet and makes a consumer more susceptible to fraud.

When deciding what websites to shop from:

  • Purchase merchandise only from reputable sellers.
  •  Be wary of overseas sellers.
  • Do not judge a company by its website. A good website can be set up in hours to fool consumers.

How to see whether a website is legitimate:

  •  Obtain a physical address and phone number rather than a P.O. Box, and call the seller to see whether the number is correct and working.
  •  Send an email to the seller to make sure the address is active.
  • Ask the company about returns and warranties.

Sales, deals, and types of websites to avoid:

  • Fraud schemes are often associated with products or gift cards sold for drastically reduced prices.
  •  Avoid One-Day-Only type websites offering sales for high-demand items.
  •  Phishing emails, texts and calls offering low prices are signs of fraudulent behavior.
  • If the item or deal is too good to be true, it probably is.

Click here for more information from the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection about protecting yourself while cyber shopping.  

                                    Happy Thanksgiving
As November comes to a close, we celebrate a comforting and traditional American holiday.  Thanksgiving Day reminds us to count our blessings.

I hope all can join in being thankful for many blessings.  I hope you can be thankful for good health and the good health of your family.  Time with family is a most wonderful aspect of the holiday season.

I am thankful for many notes, emails, and phone calls sending me prayers, good wishes, and support.  I am thankful for the great state of Wisconsin, thankful to our police officers and firefighters keeping us safe, thankful to teachers preparing the next generation to prosper, thankful to business owners willing to pursue economic endeavors and create jobs, and thankful for hardworking citizens making the world a better place.  

I am thankful for the wonderful men and women of our nation’s armed forces protecting our liberties and freedoms.  Military personnel make immense sacrifices for our democracy to survive and thrive. 

I am thankful for politicians; yes I am thankful for my colleagues.  People willing to run for public office and occupy a public office and represent friends and neighbors at the various levels of government give stamina to politics of the day.  Reflecting about thanksgiving, I am very thankful to be living in the country that has the best form of government in the world.  We are allowed to disagree, express disagreement, work hard for our beliefs, and live with a long-lasting form of government.    

Thanksgiving is also a time to remember the importance of giving.  It is the act of giving that opens our hearts and gives us the joy of sharing, making us better people. 

As you enjoy Thanksgiving with loved ones seated around tables bountifully filled with a delicious feast, I sincerely hope you have many blessings. 

          Holiday Tour Schedule for Executive Residence Announced
Wisconsin’s Executive Residence, located at 99 Cambridge Road, Madison, will be open for holiday tours.  Tours will showcase the residence’s main rooms on the first floor decorated with holiday decorations and trees from Wisconsin.

Tour dates and times are:

  • Wednesday, December 4:  Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 5:  Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 7:  9 a.m. - Noon
  • Wednesday, December 11:  Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 12:  Noon - 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, December 14:  9 a.m. – Noon

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