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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.

ObamaCare, Common Core, Tax Bills, & Wisconsin Christmas

Special Session and ObamaCare Update
During Special Session the Assembly approved legislation to extend coverage to the thousands of Wisconsinites utilizing BadgerCare and the State’s Health Insurance Risk-Sharing Program (HIRSP).  Coverage will be extended for three months due to troubling problems with the ObamaCare website. The Senate’s Special Session is scheduled December 19, 2013.

Governor Walker requests the Federal Government allow Wisconsin consumers to purchase healthcare coverage outside of the online exchange market.  Click here to read article.

Common Core Report
The Assembly Select Committee on Common Core Standards is scheduled to release a report Wednesday December 11, 2013, 10:00 AM.  The Assembly Select Committee on Common Core Standards is scheduled to vote on recommendations December 12, 2013.

UW Flexible Option Degree Program Expanding
The University of Wisconsin System announced the UW Flexible Option Degree Program available at UW-Parkside, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Stout, and UW-Madison.  The program provides working adults a unique educational opportunity to pursue college studies.
UW System Announcement.

Tax Bills Arriving Soon
December means property tax bills.  The Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR) provides property assessment and tax information:  the 2013 Wisconsin Department of Revenue Guide for Property Owners.

Helpful Wisconsin Winter Links and Tips
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) provides road conditions and traffic flow information:  Wisconsin’s 511 Travel Information.

The Wisconsin Emergency Management (WEM) provides winter storm advanced preparation tips:  Wisconsin Winter Awareness Boucher

Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting 
There were two Capitol Christmas tree lighting ceremonies Thursday.  The first ceremony was Thursday morning by Governor Scott Walker, and the second ceremony was during noon by Department of Natural Resources Secretary Kathy Stepp and members of Antigo high school band.  The Capitol Christmas tree is a 30 foot balsam donated by Jim Draeger, Antigo.  Governor Walker asked students to make ornaments reflecting Wisconsin traditions.  The tree is filled with paper made Green Bay Packer jerseys and helmets, and even a couple cringle ornaments to highlight Wisconsin’s new official pastry.

The first floor of the Executive Residence is open to the public with each room stunningly decorated courtesy of various businesses and non-profits.  Visitors enjoy live entertainment echoing throughout the first floor.

The Wisconsin’s Executive Residence, is located at 99 Cambridge Road, Madison.  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

If you visit Madison, please stop at my office and say hello!

Wisconsin Christmas Celebrations and Attractions:
Wade House Stagecoach Hotel Christmas Celebration
The Wade House event celebrates Yankee and German traditions with period themed crafts and games for all ages and horse-drawn carriage rides.  Staff is dressed in costume and telling the story about Santa Clause and gift giving origins.  There are sweet smells of cider, live music, and seasonal décor to celebrate the Christmas season. 

Wade House dinner
The 19th century style kitchen at Wade House allows visitors to participate with meal preparation and feasting.  Advanced registration is required for the Saturday and Sunday events.

Christmas at Old World Wisconsin
Dinner and the play, Little Women, will be available at Old World Wisconsin.  The Spirit of Christmas Past is a tour of the villages of Old World Wisconsin with an optional horse-drawn carriage ride or bobsled ride.  Traditional holiday recipes and bakery for tasting, as well as caroling and visits with Santa await you at Old World Wisconsin.   Old World Wisconsin is accepting donations of warm winter clothing, especially children’s clothing and coats, that will be provided to the Waukesha Women’s Center.

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