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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.

$763 million

State budget

$763,272,000 to be exact.

That is the increase in taxes and fees in the 2007-09 state budget, according to a report issued by the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.

This is why I voted against the state budget.

*BREAKING NEWS*

Former Wisconsin Governor Lee Dreyfus has died.

We need a Great Lakes Compact, but…

Great Lakes, Mary in the media

The Great Lakes Compact is headed to the state Legislature for consideration.

We need a Great Lakes Compact, but as I have stated so many times in the past, it has to be the right document, free of flaws and trap doors. Passing a Compact just to pass a Compact is the wrong approach.

I was interviewed by Milwaukee Journal/Sentinel reporter Stacy Forster for today’s article on the Compact.

State of the State tonight

Governor Doyle delivers the annual State of the State address tonight to the state Legislature.

Watch my blog tonight. I will post my reaction to the State of the State following the Governor’s speech.

What other governors are saying in their State of the State messages

Stateline.org is keeping track of State of the State speeches being given by the nation’s governors.

Even though many states are now seeing large deficits, governors are still proposing large spending projects.

Some governors are going the other route, calling for tax and spending cuts. As stateline.org puts it, “Governors are shying away from tax increases.”

Here’s the stateline.org report.

UPDATED JANUARY 28

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