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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.

REMINDER: I’m at the Wisconsin State Fair

Once again, I am volunteering at the popular New Berlin Lions Club Corn Roast Stand at the Wisconsin State Fair.

It was a pleasure volunteering opening day at the fair Thursday, and assisting the New Berlin Lions Club Corn Roast Stand selling 6,103 ears of corn. The opening day total for 2008 exceeded last year’s opening day tally of 5,542 ears of corn sold.

N
ot only is the New Berlin Lions Club roast corn tasty, it is very good for you. MSN.com reports roast corn on the cob is one of the best theme park foods:

“There’s not much that the cooks can do to spoil this snack. Whether it’s boiled, steamed or grilled, an ear of corn delivers just 201 calories and 1 gram of fat. Of course, dousing it in butter will add significant fat, and loading it with salt will up your sodium intake. ‘But it’s a whole grain, it’s high in fiber and it has a natural sweetness—the combination may make you feel full and satisfied enough to resist other more fattening treats,’ says Gidus.” (Tara Gidus, R.D., spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association)

Read more from MSN.

Deadline to apply for flood assistance extended

News you can use

Every county in Senate District 28 that I represent has been declared a state of disaster by Governor Jim Doyle. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is offering assistance to individuals in our area experiencing flood damage. The deadline to apply for assistance has been extended to September 15, 2008. The deadline had been August 13, 2008.

You can apply for assistance at the FEMA website here. 

The Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel
has more information.

40 billion miles


American motorists may have finally hit the tipping point when it comes to high gas prices affecting their driving habits. The Wall Street Journal says a report out today by the U.S. Transportation Department shows that during the past seven months, Americans have slashed their driving by more than 40 billion miles.

The biggest decline in miles driven came in the North Central part of the country including Wisconsin. During May 2008, motorists in this region drove 57. 2 billion miles, a reduction of 4.5 percent from the previous year.

Dramatically fewer miles driven means less federal gas tax revenue, setting up a debate in Congress about how to address the shortfall. Some of the ideas that could be considered in Washington include more toll roads and mass transit programs, delaying numerous projects, and a potential increase in the federal gas tax, though such a move would be very unpopular given the current price of gas.

Here are more details from the Wall Street Journal.

New DOT website tells motorists where lanes are closed

News you can use

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT) has a website that will tell you where lane closures and constructions projects are located before you leave the house on a long trip. Just visit the new website at: http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/road/laneclosures/closures.htm.

Here are more details form the DOT.

Governor’s Task Force on Global Warming’s final report troubling

Governor Doyle’s Global Warming Task Force has completed work and issued a final report. After 16 months, the Task Force has submitted dozens of recommendations for mandates and regulations. Unfortunately, the mandates and regulations are likely to have high costs and are not likely to result in any change to our weather or climate and will only hurt Wisconsin residents and the state’s economy.

Here are highlights from the Task Force’s final report from the Department of Natural Resources website.

State Representative Jim Ott (R-Mequon), a former WTMJ-TV meteorologist has studied this issue extensively and has an outstanding news release critical of the Task Force’s recommendations. You can read Representative Ott’s release here.

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