The Latest from PolitiFact Wisconsin Friday, August 22nd, 2014

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Wisconsin is "38th in the country in terms of proficiency standards" in student testing.

Says his "Act 10 reforms" have "saved the taxpayers some $3 billion."

Under Mayor Tom Barrett, the number of Milwaukee police officers "has not increased."

The Milwaukee Police Department has seized nearly as many firearms this year as the much larger New York City Police Department.

Promise: Create 250,000 new jobs

Update: A small increase, but not enough to put the goal in reach

"Wisconsin is #1 in the Midwest for personal income growth over the year."  

"Kids coming from an affluent background" are "taking advantage of all these student loan programs and grants" while many middle-class families with no connection to college are picking up the tab.

Says GOP primary opponents Glenn Grothman and Joe Leibham cast a "compromise vote that cost $788 million" in higher electricity costs.

"I've either balanced every budget or we turned back a surplus."

Milwaukee County Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. advised citizens to "point that barrel center mass and pull the trigger" because "911 is not our best option."

"There has never been an alderman who has defeated an incumbent mayor in the history of this great city."  

"Mitt Romney did not run his campaign on the basis of arguing his experience in the business world was a reason to vote for him."

Says a $12.5 million incentive deal she approved for Abbott Laboratories contained "strong protections for taxpayers if job creation goals were not met."

Mary Burke "wasted 12.5 million dollars on a vacant lot" in a move that "could cost taxpayers nearly $25 million."

Twenty percent of single adults, ages 21 to 25 with no kids, "are not working or even in school trying to find a job."  

Milwaukee County taxpayers paid $370,000 to settle a lawsuit over a decision by Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. to use "untrained corrections officers" rather than deputies to patrol the lakefront.

"(Mary) Burke’s company," Trek Bicycles, "makes 99% of their bikes overseas."

"The fundraising numbers are in, and our grassroots support is unmatched!"

Says Common Core is a federal mandate.

"Last year, I was involved with an effort to to help prosecutors get their first pay raise in more than 10 years."

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