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.

Number of private businesses on the decline in Wisconsin


During the first part of 2009, Wisconsin had 6,700 fewer private businesses than it did during the same period in 2006, a decline of 4.3 percent. That is according to the Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance (WISTAX) that reports, “The 2006-09 drop in private establishments here was somewhat unusual, for Illinois (7.8%), Iowa (2.2%), Minnesota (0.4%), and the nation (6.1%) all experienced increases; and Michigan (-1.7%), surprisingly, was down less than Wisconsin.”

This is a stunning development 
and should serve as a loud wake-up call. Wisconsin must immediately put in place policies that attract and retain businesses and create a climate where the state is attractive to conduct business. Businesspeople have delivered that message quite clearly.It is time to start listening.

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