Tracking politicians' promises


Tracking the promises of Rick Perry


Tracking the promises of Greg Abbott


Tracking the promises of Steve Adler

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Focus additional spending on cancer screenings and treatment for low-income Texans

The Promise:

"Because this is strategic spending on certain areas, it should reduce the cost of health care in the state in the long term." Abbott specified his desire to spend $50 million more on women's health care.

Update January 30th, 2017: Abbott keeps vow to spend on cancer screenings, health care for low-income residents

Require school districts with prekindergarten to assess student performance twice annually

The Promise:

Districts would choose methods of assessing prekindergarten students at the start and finish of each school year from a list of approaches developed by the state.

Update January 12th, 2017: Abbott wins compromise on testing pre-kindergarten students

Create Texas Achievement School District to take over worst elementary schools

The Promise:

Schools eligible to be placed in "achievement districts" would consist of the bottom 15 elementary or charter school campuses with an F rating from the state for two straight years.

Update January 12th, 2017: Abbott achieves compromise for Texas 'achievement' school districts

Limit city staff vacancies

The Promise:

City of Austin staff "vacancies that are funded in the budget should be limited to no more than five percent of staffing. Funding for these vacancies should be held in a centralized provisional account."

Update June 9th, 2016: Steve Adler goal of whittling city vacancies unfulfilled

Fund treatment for postpartum depression for low-income mothers

The Promise:

"As a starting point, the coverage period for postpartum doctor visits for the mother under" the Children's Health Insurance Program's perinatal coverage "should be extended from 60 days to up to one year." Abbott calls for spending $3 million more over two years.

Update June 1st, 2016: Lawmakers inactive on Greg Abbott call to expand postpartum depression care

Look for surplus properties to sell

The Promise:

"Conduct a review of all city holdings to see if any could or should be sold. Consider using the potential revenue to pay other one-time expenses that might be incurred."

Update May 20th, 2016: Steve Adler vow to identify city properties to sell 'In the Works'

Fund Medicaid by block grants

The Promise:

"The one-size-fits-all approach, mandated from Washington, D.C., and the Medicaid system, does not help Texas address the unique needs of the diverse population we have in this state."

Update April 25th, 2016: Greg Abbott's vow to seek block-grant Medicaid funding unfulfilled

Reinstate free Capital Metro bus fares for seniors and the disabled

The Promise:

"I think this is something we can afford to do for some of the most challenged of our fellow Austinites. The government can be lean without being mean."

Update March 29th, 2016: Adler promise of free bus fares for elderly in idle

Include Asian languages in city communications

The Promise:

"I believe we should expand communications support for as many Asian languages as possible, particularly languages widely used in Austin such as Mandarin, Korean, Hindi, Vietnamese and Bangla."

Update March 21st, 2016: Adler slow to move on vow to expand Asian languages in city communications

Raise awareness of Austin's music scene with more free concerts

The Promise:

"There must be free, large- and small-scale, high-quality, family-friendly concerts and events that make sure great music of varying types and cultures is accessible to all."

Update March 18th, 2016: Austin mayor acknowledges no headway on free concerts promise

Make city permitting easier

The Promise:

"Improve the development review and approval process by providing computerization...improved training and management, creation of Expedited Review Teams and a strong emphasis on streamlined and consolidated reviews to improve customer service."

Update February 4th, 2016: Adler, council steer city closer to improved city permitting

Rework incentives so they reward creating middle class jobs

The Promise:

"Reform the policies for granting incentive subsidies to reward creation of middle class jobs, as well as training local residents for those jobs." Mayor Steve Adler also wants to allow small businesses to participate in order to incentivize growth of small businesses.

Update February 1st, 2016: Adler gets people talking about promise to improve middle-class job opportunities

Ensure mayor's staff and appointments reflect the city's demographics

The Promise:

"Appointments to our boards and commissions, and staffing in the mayor’s office, must reflect the diverse makeup of our city."

Update January 7th, 2016: Mayor's appointments, staff largely reflect Austin's demographics

Meet more frequently

The Promise:

The Austin City Council "needs to meet more often and hold additional work sessions if necessary to allow the new council greater public discussion of issues."

Update January 7th, 2016: Adler-led council met twice as much in 2015 as previous council did in '14

Expand Teach for America in Texas

The Promise:

More Teach for America positions should be supported by the state. Increase funding by $3 million from the existing $12 million every two years

Update December 3rd, 2015: Lawmakers decline to hike Teach for America spending