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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.

Senator Lazich's Weekly Insight

Thursday, I had the pleasure of meeting Joseph Meeha and Cheyenne Makai to discuss the benefits of Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO). 

Committed to Returning Your Hard Earned Dollars

Thank you to everyone contacting me during the last couple weeks to share your overwhelming support for Governor Walker’s tax cut proposals.

I agree that as good stewards of your hard earned tax dollars the Legislature needs to remain committed to putting the surplus back into your wallet.  After all the state would not be sitting on a nearly billion dollar surplus without hard working Wisconsin residents, businesses, and farmers.  I am anxious for the legislature to approve Governor Walker’s proposals and return money to your pocket.

The nearly $2 billion tax relief this biennium will directly stimulate economic activity across the state.  Our economy is showing consistent growth as the Governor continues to work with the legislature to relieve residents from Wisconsin’s heavy tax burden.  

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau calculates Governor Scott Walker’s tax proposals provide the average taxpayer $177 income and property tax relief.  The Tax Savings Calculator at prosperity.wi.gov allows you to calculate the amount of money you may expect.  You may also view Governor Walker’s Blueprint for Prosperity at the link.  

Southeast Wisconsin Home to Wisconsin’s Manufacturing Industry 

Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry continues to show growth.  The State gained over 3,000 manufacturing jobs during July 2012 to July 2013, according to the 2014 Wisconsin Manufacturers Register.   

There are over 500,000 Wisconsinites employed in Wisconsin’s manufacturing industry, with over 300,000 of these jobs located in Southeast Wisconsin.

The Legislature will be voting on a proposal to invest $35 million in the Wisconsin Fast Forward Program.  The investment will provide support for school districts and technical colleges dual enrollment programs, and reducing technical college wait lists.

Wisconsin will continue a competitive edge on neighboring states by investing in employment skills and growing the size of our educated workforce. 

DATCP Releases the Top Wisconsin Complaints for 2013

The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection (DATCP), released the “Top Ten Consumer Complaints of 2013.”   

Telemarketing is at the top of the list for the 11th year in a row.  A majority of the complaints are about autodialing scams fraudulently pitching medical needs, devices, and assistance programs to seniors.

Identity theft ranked fourth, for a second year in a row, with 398 complaints.  A majority of the complaints are about tax identity fraud, a growing trend in recent years.

Top ten categories:

1.    Telemarketing

2.    Landlord/Tenant

3.    Telecommunications

4.    Identity Theft

5.    Home Improvement

6.    Airline

7.    Gas Pump Accuracy

8.    Motor Vehicle Sales

9.    Motor Vehicle Repair                    

10.Contest/Sweepstakes/Prize Promotions

For more information or to file a consumer complaint, visit datcp.wi.gov, send an email to datcphotline@wisconsin.gov or call the Consumer Information Hotline toll-free at 1-800-422-7128

The State Senate this Week

Click here to view the Schedule of Committee Hearings.

The legislature is scheduled for floor action Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

As Chair of the Senate Committee on Elections and Urban Affairs, I conducted a public hearing Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 1:00 PM.

Following Tuesday’s Senate Committee on Elections and Urban Affairs public hearing, I conducted a paper ballot executive session Thursday, February 6, 2014, on the following bills:

SB-390.  Amendment 1 adopted 5-0. Passage as amended, 3-2.
SB-423.  Passage, 5-0.
AB-565.  Passage, 5-0.
SB-499.  Amendment 1 adopted, 5-0. Passage as amended, 5-0.
AB-54.    Passage, 2-3.

Good Luck Alyson Dudek

Alyson Dudek, Hales Corners, is competing in the women’s 500−meter and 1500−meter Speed Skating events at the 2014 Sochi Olympics

Alyson will be competing in the Women’s 500-meter event February 11, 2014, and the Women’s 1500-meter event February 16, 2014.  Alyson is one of the fifteen athletes from Wisconsin competing this year at the Sochi Olympics.

Alyson, Good Luck!

UW-System Audits Released

The non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released audits about the Oversight of the Human Resource System and Payroll and Benefits Processing and the University of Wisconsin System.

The audit was requested by the Joint Legislature Audit Committee after LAB discovered during a January 2013 audit the UW System overpaid state group health insurance premiums by over $15 million dollars, and the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) by over $17 million dollars from May 2011 through September 2012.

The LAB concluded the Human Resource System overpayments are a result of inadequate staff training objectives prior to implementation of the new system. 

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