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Behind the rhetoric: Does Wisconsin or Illinois have the higher tax rate on businesses?

Wisconsin vs. Illinois conjures images of Bears-Packers, Badgers-Illini and competition for summer cottages. But Gov. Scott Walker has introduced a new wrinkle, budget-bashing, as his administration tries siphoning business from the state to the south. We take a look at one aspect of the border war: corporate income taxes.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Sunday, July 22nd, 2012 at 09:00 a.m.

No, that's not what the Truth-O-Meter said

As the campaign heats up, candidates and political groups are incorrectly describing our ratings. We put their claims about the Truth-O-Meter to the Truth-O-Meter.

By Bill Adair :: Published on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 at 06:30 p.m.

Debate rewind: A look at our past recall-related ratings

The final recall debate between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett covered some familiar ground. Here's a round up of some of the repeat claims and how we rated them the first time they came around.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at 11:27 p.m.

Our roundup of recent Wisconsin recall ratings

The partisan passion on both sides of Wisconsin’s gubernatorial recall as taken a toll on truth-telling. We take a look at recent ratings, as the June 5 election approaches.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 at 09:51 a.m.

Behind the Rhetoric: School budgets in the years ahead

In our fourth "Behind the Rhetoric" article, we look at how school districts are situated for the coming academic year after the cuts made in the state budget.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 at 08:00 p.m.

Behind the rhetoric: The in-state, out-of-state campaign money debate

Both sides say the other is relying on out-of-state contributions in the 2012 gubernatorial recall. We dig into the numbers in the third in our series of background stories on key questions in the race.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012 at 06:00 p.m.

Behind the rhetoric: The WEA Trust and school health care costs

In the second of our-pre-recall backgrounders, we look at the WEA Trust and health care costs for school districts.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, May 21st, 2012 at 05:25 p.m.

Behind the rhetoric: How Walker's union limits affected school budgets

Education funding is a major battleground in the 2012 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election. We take an in-depth tour of Milwaukee-area school districts to see how they fared under Gov. Scott Walker's budget cuts and the limits he put on collective bargaining.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Saturday, May 19th, 2012 at 06:00 p.m.

Right to Work: A look at its impact in other states

Gov. Scott Walker's view on extending right-to-work laws to private sector unions in Wisconsin has emerged as a major issue in the June 5 gubernatorial recall election. Here's a quick look at right-to-work's impact in other states, based on Truth-O-Meter rulings past.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Friday, May 11th, 2012 at 08:54 p.m.

Behind the rhetoric: Why Scott Walker was able to raise unlimited funds

Democrats and their recall allies decry the law that has helped Gov. Scott Walker out-raise his opponents combined by $11 million dollars without regard to normal campaign contribution limits. We take a look at how the provision came about. The answers may surprise you.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Monday, May 7th, 2012 at 06:00 a.m.

A round up of recall charges, counter-charges

The pace of claims and counter-claims is accelerating as Wisconsin’s recall election for governor sprints to its June 5, 2012 conclusion. The primary is May 8. We’ve been tracking many of the statements, and will continue to do so in the coming weeks. Here’s a look at the some of the major emerging issues in the early campaign ads.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 at 08:00 a.m.

A look at Walker's tax, business-related promises

Gov. Scott Walker scored more victories than defeats in 2011 on promises related to creating a more favorable tax climate that he hopes will attract and keep business in Wisconsin.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Sunday, January 22nd, 2012 at 11:00 p.m.

Inside the Walker tax debate: Was budget an increase or a cut?

Did Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, the target of a campaign to remove him from office, raise taxes or didn’t he? Seems like a simple question. As competing claims surface, we take a look. It does kinda feel like we've already tackled this topic before ...

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Monday, December 12th, 2011 at 08:00 a.m.

A look at our Walker and recall-related statements

As Democrats launch their drive to recall Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, here's a look at some of the claims -- from both sides -- you're likely to see repeated. And repeated.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 at 02:25 p.m.

With the budget done, a look at Walker's tax-related promises

Striving to win over fiscally conservative voters in a contested Republican gubernatorial primary, Gov. Scott Walker pledged in 2010 not only to avoid tax increases, but to cut a multitude of taxes for various groups. It was a bold move. But in promising to achieve them in his first budget, Walker he left himself little room to maneuver -- especially when the sluggish economy was leaving a major budget gap for 2011-13. A look at key promises and how Walker fared.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Sunday, July 10th, 2011 at 08:00 p.m.

'Safeguards' in Wisconsin's concealed carry bill put it in mainstream

When concealed carry passed the Wisconsin Legislature on June 21, 2011, one aspect of the legislation was cited by both supporters and critics of the measure as a reason for their votes: Safeguards. We give the Truth-O-Meter a day off as we look at how Wisconsin's safeguards compare to others around the nation.

By Tom Kertscher :: Published on Saturday, June 25th, 2011 at 07:00 p.m.

Politicians say the strangest things

We always call the person who made the claim and ask where he or she got the information that his or her statement was based on. Sometimes the answers are a little surprising.  

By Warren Fiske :: Published on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 at 02:36 p.m.

Fact-checking the Wisconsin budget battle

The Wisconsin budget controversy has generated sharp rhetorical clashes over ideology, budget priorities and tactics -- and the largest sustained protests in Madison since the Vietnam War, The main event: An argument over collective bargaining rights and compensation for state and local government employees that has spurred national interest. Check out some of our hottest items.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 10:47 a.m.

Truth getting milked in Wisconsin showdown

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, we read, says no one should be shocked he’s seeking to whittle collective-bargaining rights for government-employee unions in the Badger State. PolitiFact Wisconsin put the kibosh on that claim; it’s also fact-checked more than a dozen others, finding few statements to be True.

By W. Gardner Selby :: Published on Thursday, February 24th, 2011 at 10:20 a.m.

Our procrastinator's guide to the 2010 race for governor

For those just getting focused on Tuesday's gubernatorial election, we've rounded up the key charges and counter charges -- and our past rulings on them -- from Friday night's final debate.

By Dave Umhoefer :: Published on Monday, November 1st, 2010 at 02:16 p.m.

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