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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.

Wisconsin District II Court of Appeals Issues Open Records Ruling

The Wisconsin District II Court of Appeals ruled this week a legislator cannot exclude private information included in a constituent’s communication while fulfilling an open records request. The case, The John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy, Inc. v. State Senator John Erpenbach could be appealed to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  Click here to read the Court of Appeals ruling.

Wisconsin Election Administration Ranked Third in the Country

The Pew Center on the States a global research and public policy organization, rates Wisconsin’s election administration third best in the country.  Wisconsin’s ranking was fourth place during the 2010 ranking.  Click here to see the Pew Center on the States report about Wisconsin’s election administration.

Wisconsin Earns A- Grade for State Spending Transparency Website

The United States Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG) Education Fund along with the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group (WISPIRG) Foundation  issued a fifth annual evaluation of state transparency websites.  The report titled, Following the Money 2014 issued Wisconsin an A- grade.  The report recognizes OpenBook Wisconsin, the state’s new transparency website.  The OpenBook Wisconsin website includes operating expenditure data for state agencies, the legislature, the courts, and the University of Wisconsin System.  

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Federal Reserve Bank Details Recovery from the Great Recession

The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta released an annual report detailing the country’s great recession recovery.  The interactive report is highly visual with a mix of graphics, charts, and texts detailing the labor market and status of the recovery.  The Federal Reserve reports although unemployment decreased nationwide, recoveries are getting longer and longer.  The report explains people are dropping out of the labor market; however some is attributed to age and retirement.   

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Monday April 14 is the 2014 Conservation Congress

Monday, April 14, 2014, 7:00 PM Wisconsin’s 72 counties are scheduled to host a Conservation Congress.  The yearly Conservation Congress provides a non-binding vote and voicing opinions about rule changes and advisory questions from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Natural Resources Board.  This year’s ballot includes questions about fish and wildlife management. 

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