Tracking the promises of John Kitzhaber
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PolitiFact Oregon has compiled promises that John Kitzhaber made during the 2010 campaign and is tracking their progress on our Kitz-O-Meter.
We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See our About the Kitz-O-Meter page for details on our ratings. And take a look at our launch story for more information about this project.)
The report card at right provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.
Promises we’ve rated recently
Will guarantee "access to at least two years of community college or Oregon university education for students earning the Oregon Diploma."
Will "support an increase in the cigarette tax" if it is proposed and passes through the legislature.
Will create "a fair and meaningful teacher/administrator evaluation tool linked to student performance and growth."
Will "institute an aggressive water measurement program and water user education program geared toward 'water rights and responsibilities.'"
Will "reform Oregon’s ballot measure process to ensure that voters are more aware of the long-term budgetary impacts of proposed measures."
"I will pursue, along with our congressional delegation, the establishment of a National Laboratory in Oregon."
Will not "let people drill for oil off the Oregon coast."
Will veto tax increases if Legislature seeks them to balance 2011-2013 budget
Will create a 10-year budget plan to offer clearer sense of state's priorities.
Will "work with our Congressional delegation to attract more funds federally for investing in different transit options that best fit a community and working with business creatively to provide workers more flexibility to reduce their driving, work from home or adopt flex time to address congestion problems and enhance our quality of life.
Will link "Pre-K and K-12 data systems, ensuring that we have access to superior data on outcomes."
Will guarantee "transfer of credit among all Oregon public colleges and universities."
Will restore "instructional time by eliminating redundant high-stakes standardized testing."
Will create "uniform standards for early care and education programs, including workforce training to ensure Oregon’s early childhood professionals have sufficient training and consistent quality to prepare Oregon’s children for Kindergarten."
Will "reform Oregon’s kicker law (which refunds state surpluses in excess of 2 percent of projected revenues to taxpayers). Before money goes back to taxpayers, it should first fill a reserve fund that will protect Oregonians from service cuts or tax increases during recessions. This is the most immediate way to ensure stable funding for education and other programs in the face of cyclical tax revenues."