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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.

Scouts invited to participate in BSA 100th Anniversary Logo Contest

Eagle Scouts

One of the great joys of being a state Senator is the wonderful opportunity I have to present commemorative plaques to young men that achieve the highest rank in scouting, Eagle Scout.

Making these presentations to young men destined to be productive members of society brings gratification that our great country’s future is bright.

I want to inform all Scouts about participating in a once-in-a lifetime-chance to be part of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) history. Scouts are invited to compete in the BSA 100th Anniversary Celebration National Logo Contest.

Every registered Scout is eligible to participate. The winning design will become the official symbol for the 100th anniversary of the BSA and placed on all official celebration materials. The winning logo will become a cherished BSA symbol for generations to come.

Centered on the theme, Celebrating the Adventure. Continuing the Journey, the winning logo design will be chosen by a select panel of judges for use as the official symbol of the 100th anniversary beginning in 2008 and for the duration of BSA’s widespread celebration culminating in 2010.

A distinguished panel of judges will select winners in several categories, including an overall winner and best design by a Tiger Cub/Cub Scout, /Webelos Scout, Boy Scout, Eagle Scout, and Venturer. The winner in each category will receive a trip, along with an adult guardian, to a May 2008 recognition ceremony at the BSA National Annual Meeting in San Diego, Calif. In addition, the overall winner will also receive a trip, along with an adult guardian, to work hand-in-hand with renowned graphic artist and Eagle Scout Kit Hinrichs in his San Francisco studio to finalize the logo for use throughout the celebration.

Entry forms, rules and details can be found on the BSA 100th Anniversary Web site. All contest rules are on the Web site, and additional contest information will be packaged and sent to Boy Scout leaders and volunteers in councils, packs, troops, and crews across the country.

I encourage all Scouts to participate with your most creative design that best captures the rich heritage of Scouting in America.

Deadline for entries is November 30, 2007.

Good luck to all Scouts!

The Badger Herald writes about the Senate Democrats' health plan and abortions

Mary in the media

One of the few media outlets to pick up on the Senate Democrats’ government health care plan subsidizing abortions on demand is the Badger Herald.

The newspaper interviewed me about my strong opposition to the health plan.

Wisconsin Right to Life has also issued a news release saying abortions will skyrocket in Wisconsin if the Senate Democrats’ plan is approved. You can read their news release here.

Reasons for the state budget delay

State budget

The non-partisan Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) has a report that attempts to explain the long delay in Wisconsin’s budget process. WISTAX says there are two obvious reasons for the stalemate:

“Two of these factors were prominent in three prior budget delays—one in 1971 and two in the 1990s. First, major disagreement over creation of a university system held up the first of the three budgets. Second, in all three cases, partisan control of the legislature was split, making compromise between the two houses difficult. Wisconsin is currently one of only 12 states with divided control.

This year, both issue differences and party politics are in play. The combination makes the 2007 budget unusually difficult to pass. Waged to an unusual degree on national rather than state issues, the 2006 election led state Republicans to lose three seats and control in the upper house and eight seats in the lower house. With U.S. politics largely unchanged from two years ago, Democrats sense an opportunity to expand their senate majority and to capture the assembly. Republicans, on the other hand, fear being shut out of state government leadership for the first time in a generation.

If one number best summarizes the current deadlock, then, it is 2-0-0-8. The political stakes are unusually high, and both major parties are aggressively positioning themselves for the next election. For Democrats, health care is both the banner under which they hope to run and the weapon they plan to use against their GOP opponents. For Republicans, tax hikes, mainly to fund expanded health care, are the issue they hope to use against Democrats. In a top-10 taxed state, they say Wisconsin taxpayers cannot bear proposed tax hikes. Whether the budget contains the tax/fee increases recommended by the governor ($1.75 billion, b) or by senate Democrats ($9.5b), the GOP views them as excessive.”

WISTAX also says the public and the pres are partially to blame for the budget impasse. You can read the entire WISTAX report here.

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