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.
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.
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.
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 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.