Kitz-O-Meter: Tracking the promises of John Kitzhaber

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.

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Promises we’ve rated recently

Create teacher evaluation tool linked to student performance

The Promise:

Will create "a fair and meaningful teacher/administrator evaluation tool linked to student performance and growth."


Update February 7th, 2014:

Creating a teacher evaluation tool linked to student performance has made progress, but more is left to do

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Create water measurement program

The Promise:

Will "institute an aggressive water measurement program and water user education program geared toward 'water rights and responsibilities.'"


Update October 7th, 2013:

Water measurement program might see new life in 2013-15 budget

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Reform ballot measure process

The Promise:

Will "reform Oregon’s ballot measure process to ensure that voters are more aware of the long-term budgetary impacts of proposed measures."


Update October 7th, 2013:

No action on ballot reform

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Establish national laboratory in Oregon

The Promise:

"I will pursue, along with our congressional delegation, the establishment of a National Laboratory in Oregon."


Update October 7th, 2013:

Kitzhaber continues to strive for a national lab in Oregon

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Block oil drilling off Oregon coast

The Promise:

Will not "let people drill for oil off the Oregon coast."


Update October 7th, 2013:

Kitzhaber keeps promise to ixnay oil drilling

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Veto any tax increases to balance 2011-2013 budget

The Promise:

Will veto tax increases if Legislature seeks them to balance 2011-2013 budget


Update October 4th, 2013:

No taxes were used to balance the 2011-13 budget

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Create 10-year budget plan

The Promise:

Will create a 10-year budget plan to offer clearer sense of state's priorities.


Update October 4th, 2013:

Oregon, we have a 10-year budget vision

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Attract more federal transit funds

The Promise:

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.


Update October 4th, 2013:

Kitzhaber’s hoping that federal government comes through with transit money for new Columbia River Crossing

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Link Pre-K and K-12 data systems

The Promise:

Will link "Pre-K and K-12 data systems, ensuring that we have access to superior data on outcomes."


Update September 26th, 2013:

Linking the systems is still a ways off, but some funding has come through and more could be on the way

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Guarantee transfer credit between higher ed institutions

The Promise:

Will guarantee "transfer of credit among all Oregon public colleges and universities."


Update September 26th, 2013:

New transfer student bill of rights has Oregon moving in the right direction

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Eliminate redundant standardized tests

The Promise:

Will restore "instructional time by eliminating redundant high-stakes standardized testing."


Update September 26th, 2013:

Through legislation and other mandates, the governor has managed to make a dent

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Create standards for child care and pre-school

The Promise:

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."


Update September 26th, 2013:

A rating system is nearly in place and so are training programs

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Reform Oregon's kicker law

The Promise:


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."

Update September 26th, 2013:

Personal kicker reform remains Stalled

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Keep OLCC as public entity

The Promise:

"Will keep current tax structure of the OLCC."


Update September 26th, 2013:

OLCC remains a public entity

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Require cost-benefit reports for every state program

The Promise:

Will require cost-benefit reports of every state program every year, the first would be due within 45 days of the election.


Update September 26th, 2013:

Program ‘bids’ were used to craft 2013-15 budget

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