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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.

Since when is it okay...


For teachers to talk about same-sex marriage and abortion to underage students in the guise of civic election education?

Wine consumers benefit from new Wisconsin law

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Wisconsin
consumers will now have greater ease at purchasing wines under a new winery-to-consumer shipping law that went into effect October 1, 2008. The law will allow wineries to purchase permits for $100 and ship up to a dozen cases of wine per person per year.

Wisconsin had been one of only three reciprocal shipping states that had allowed only wineries in participating states to make shipments. When states converted to permits, Wisconsin consumers experienced difficulty finding wines under the old law. Now, all U.S. wineries will be eligible under Wisconsin’s permits. Consumers will no longer be limited to purchases from a handful of states as a winery in any state may ship wine directly to a Wisconsin resident once the winery has received a direct wine shipper permit from Wisconsin.

This is a common-sense, reasonable, pro-consumer law that complies with regulations while supporting Wisconsin’s own growing wine industry. One of the other provisions of the new law requires that all sales to retailers go through a wholesaler.

Here is a Wisconsin Legislative Council memo on Senate Bill 485 that was approved by the Legislature and signed into law during March 2008.

If you like to bike…

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Are you riding a bike more often because of the price of gasoline? You’re biking in the right place. The League of American Bicyclists ranks Wisconsin as the second best state in the country for biking.

To compile the rankings, the League examined quality roads, safety, use of available federal funding and policy favorable to cyclists. Wisconsin bikers also enjoy some of the nation’s finest outdoors, with pristine water, clean air, and fabulous scenery making, all making for a most pleasant ride.

Here is a guide to Wisconsin trails and a Wisconsin biking video.

Enjoy your ride!

Governor predicts $3 billion deficit


Governor Doyle says the state budget deficit could be as high as $3 billion in the 2009-11 state budget if the economy doesn’t turn around. Doyle spoke at a news conference this afternoon in Madison.

Doyle said tax collections are coming in at only 0.4 percent, with September tax collections down in every category: sales tax, income tax and corporate tax.

Doyle also said every area of state spending is on the table for possible cuts in the next state budget, and has ordered department heads to chop another 10 percent from their operating budgets.

My message has been consistent for some time that the state has been flirting with financial chaos by over-spending and over-taxing. A potential $3 billion deficit is proof that by refusing to engage in fiscally responsible budget-making, Wisconsin could face the most serious budget crisis in its history.

UPDATE: Agreement needed to expand Wisconsin's booming cranberry business

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I am happy to update a recent blog that means great news for one of the state’s largest industries. 

Cranberry producers have come to an agreement with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers to streamline the permitting process for cranberry bogs. The agreement is significant, clearing the way for the creation of as many as 1,115 jobs and a $75 million impact on Wisconsin’s economy.

Here are more details from the Wisconsin State Cranberry Growers Association
and the Wausau Daily Herald.

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