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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.

Comprehensive Annual Financial Report Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2014

The Wisconsin State Controller’s Office released the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014.  The CAFR applies generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).  The CAFR reports Wisconsin’s growth in gross domestic product since 2007 exceeds other Great Lakes state growth.  The CAFR also reports Wisconsin’s per capita income growth exceeded the nation’s and region’s rate of growth.  Current and prior CAFR.

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Legislative Audit Bureau Releases Audit of Division of Workforce Development Initial Claims Processing for Unemployment Insurance

The Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released the Division of Workforce Development (DWD) Initial Claims Processing for Unemployment Insurance Audit.   The LAB’s audit includes DWD’s initial claims for unemployment benefits, the appeals process for unemployment benefit decisions, and DWD’s efforts to recoup overpayments.  LAB’s Audit.

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Governor Walker Tours State Touting Property Tax Relief

Governor Walker toured Wisconsin explaining the property tax savings resulting from the Blueprint for Prosperity.  The Blueprint for Prosperity was approved by the Republican-led Wisconsin State Legislature and signed into law by Governor Walker during March 2014. 

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Governor Walker's Weekly Radio Address: Property Tax Reform

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October and November Employment Numbers

The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) released the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics revised October and preliminary November Wisconsin unemployment and employment numbers.  The preliminary numbers reveal Wisconsin private-sector jobs increased 16,500 during November 2014, and Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is at 5.2 percent a decrease from the 6.4 percent unemployment rate during November 2013.  You may read more about the great news at this link. 

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