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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.

Business writer says Wal-Mart equipped to run health care

One of my very first blogs during February 2007 was titled, “Wal-Mart to the rescue.”  I wrote, in part:

“The best solution to provide top-notch health care at affordable prices is not going to come out of city halls, statehouses, or Washington D.C. Any talk of fixing health care in America should have Wal-Mart and other private sector executives at the discussion table.”

I explain why in my blog.

Jim Jubak agrees. Jubak is senior markets editor for MSN Money. Previously, he served as senior financial editor at Worth magazine and as editor of Venture magazine. Jubak was a Bagehot Business Journalism Fellow at Columbia University and has written two books: "The Worth Guide to Electronic Investing" and "In the Image of the Brain: Breaking the Barrier Between the Human Mind and Intelligent Machines.”

In his latest column, he says Wal-Mart should run the health care system:

It's a company that understands how low prices can build market share and thus increase profits. Furthermore, it's a company with a culture of cutting costs that has shown no compunction in pushing suppliers to the wall over price. The Wal-Mart motto ought to be, ‘Make it cheaper, or we'll find someone who can.’ I'd love to see that attitude brought to bear in health care.”

You can read Jubak’s entire column here.

Wisconsin still #1 in cheese if you please

At one time, California threatened to surpass America’s Dairyland as the largest cheese producer in the country.

During the past 10 years, California kept creeping up, decreasing the margin of cheese production between the West Coast and Wisconsin.

It appears California production has leveled off while Wisconsin enjoys continued growth. Grim predictions about Wisconsin losing its title as the cheese king are not as serious as they once were.

Read more in the Wisconsin State Journal.

State lawmakers across the country are blogging

Mary in the media

I’m mentioned in a column about legislators around the country who blog.

S is an independent element of the Pew Research Center based in Washington, DC. that provides news about state legislatures throughout the United States.

The state Senate killed the Coercive Abortion Bill

During the past legislative session, I co-authored the Coercive Abortion Bill that would have prevented women from being forced into having an abortion.

The bill passed by a healthy margin in the state Assembly. However, the state Senate refused to take up the bill or even schedule a public hearing.

Sue Armacost of Wisconsin Right to Life has more on the state Senate’s inaction on the Coercive Abortion Bill.

New fraud hotline operating

News you can use

Governor Doyle signed into a law a bill I co-sponsored that creates a toll−free telephone number to receive reports from Wisconsin citizens about fraud, waste, and mismanagement of tax funds. The toll-free hotline is operated by the Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau and is now up and running.

Here is a Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel article, details from the Legislative Audit Bureau on how the fraud hotline works, and the history of Senate Bill 86 that contains links to Legislative Council memos and the enacted law.

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