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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.

Congratulations Grady Fitzgerald!

Eagle Scouts

Grady Fitzgerald’s Eagle Scout ceremony was held on Saturday, August 2, 2008.

My office prepared a state citation for Grady Fitzgerald. It reads:

Whereas, Grady J. Fitzgerald is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 152, and through dedication and commitment, attained the rank of Eagle Scout; and

Whereas, Grady J. Fitzgerald’s Eagle Scout project included building a retaining wall for a planter at Old World Wisconsin; and

Whereas, Grady J. Fitzgerald earned 21 merit badges, and served his troop in the leadership positions of Patrol Leader and Junior Assistant Scout Master; and

Whereas, Grady J. Fitzgerald is a 2008 graduate of Mukwonago High School, and was a member of German Club, Orchestra, Swim Team, volunteered with Special Olympics and tutored students in German; and

Whereas, Grady J. Fitzgerald plans to attend the University of Wisconsin, Waukesha; now

Therefore, the members of the Wisconsin State Senate on the motion of Senator Mary Lazich, commend Grady J. Fitzgerald for outstanding dedication and service to scouting.  Grady J. Fitzgerald is further commended for successfully completing the requirements necessary to attain the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest honorable rank awarded by the Boy Scouts of America.

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

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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.

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