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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 Joshua Liimatta!

Eagle Scouts

Joshua Liimatta’s Eagle Scout ceremony was held on Sunday, June 29, 2008.

My office prepared a state citation that was presented to Joshua Liimatta  at the special ceremony. It reads:

Whereas, Joshua Raymond Liimatta is a member of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 40, and through dedication and commitment, attained the rank of Eagle Scout; and

Whereas, Joshua Raymond Liimatta’s Eagle Scout project included planning the expansion and improvement of the Buena Park volleyball courts by removing the sand, increasing the size of the court, putting new sand down, and constructing wooden courtside benches; and

Whereas, Joshua Raymond Liimatta earned 29 merit badges, served his troop in the leadership positions of Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol Leader, Troop Guide, Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop Scribe, and was elected to the Order of the Arrow: and

Whereas, Joshua Raymond Liimatta is a 2008 graduate of New Berlin West High School, and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin, Platteville, pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering; now

Therefore, the members of the Wisconsin State Senate on the motion of Senator Mary Lazich, commend Joshua Raymond Liimatta for outstanding dedication and service to scouting.  Joshua Raymond Liimatta 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.

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Good luck, Greendale!

I am proud that Greendale, one of the great communities that I represent in Senate District 28, is competing in this year’s America in Bloom competition.

America In Bloom describes itself as “an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification programs and both personal and community involvement through the use of flowers, plants, trees and other environmental and lifestyle enhancements, and to providing educational programs and resources to that end.”

Greendale is competing against
Bemidji, Minnesota, Bexley, Ohio, Ironton, Ohio, Tipp City, Ohio and Warrenville, Illinois in the 10,001-15,000 population category.

Greendale residents have been busy fixing up their yards, planting flowers and picking up litter.

Judges will be surveying Greendale June 25 and 26.

I wish Greendale the best in their beautification projects and in the America in Bloom competition!

Wisconsin bankers not rosy about economy

A survey of bank CEO’s in Wisconsin shows the majority believe the state’s economy is still getting worse.

The Wisconsin Bankers Association (WBA) questioned CEO’s, 124 completed the survey, and 65 percent feel or economy is weakening with only 35 percent saying Wisconsin’s economy is improving.

Why the gloomy outlook? CEO’s cited flat demand for loans, more delinquencies, foreclosures and past due payments for their lack of optimism.

Here’s more from the WBA.

All of State Senate District 28 is now a disaster area

Every county in Senate District 28 that I represent has now been declared a disaster area by FEMA.

Here is a release from Governor Doyle’s office:

Governor Doyle Announces Six More Counties Added to Disaster Declaration 

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