Tracking politicians' promises

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Tracking the promises of Scott Walker

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Tracking the promises of Chris Abele

Promises we’ve rated recently

Not to pursue toll roads in Wisconsin

The Promise:

Toll roads are not an option in Wisconsin without federal approval and are not on my agenda.


Update May 26th, 2016: First step in a pursuit: Do a study

Work with the legislature to repay the raids from the Transportation Fund

The Promise:

Work with the legislature to repay the raids from the Transportation Fund by the prior administration.


Update May 26th, 2016: Some $1.4 billion came out. So far $446 million has gone back in

Protect the Transportation Fund from raids.

The Promise:

Protect the Transportation Fund from raids


Update May 26th, 2016: So far, no transfers have been made

Not support an increase in the state sales tax

The Promise:

Not support an increase in the state sales tax.


Update May 2nd, 2016: No sign of any increase so far

Reduce income taxes so that they are lower in 2018 than they are today

The Promise:

Reduce income taxes so that they are lower in 2018 than they are today


Update May 2nd, 2016: Will progress early in second term hold? Stay tuned

Return budget surpluses to taxpayers

The Promise:

“Every year we have a surplus, which we’ve had the last couple years, we’re going to continue to put that right back into the hands of the people who earned it, the hard-working taxpayers of this state.”


Update May 2nd, 2016: Final rating will depend on what final budget brings

Increase higher education grants for certain students

The Promise:

Commit to increasing higher education grants so more students can afford college and target these investments in high demand fields of study for students who commit to staying in Wisconsin.


Update January 18th, 2016: New proposal unveiled, awaits legislative action

Increase availability of tuition tax credits for certain students

The Promise:

Commit to growing those eligible for and benefitting from the Tuition Tax Deduction so students who stay and work in Wisconsin gain assistance paying for college.


Update January 5th, 2016: A year into term, and no progress so far on this one

Universal access to college courses

The Promise:

Expand course options so no child, regardless of where they live or their income will be denied the same opportunity other students have to access college level courses of their choosing.


Update January 5th, 2016: Proposal was cut from state budget

Increase higher education grants for certain students

The Promise:

Commit to increasing higher education grants so more students can afford college and target these investments in high demand fields of study for students who commit to staying in Wisconsin.


Update January 5th, 2016: No action yet geared toward 'high demand' fields

Serve a full term

The Promise:

"My plan is if the people of the state of Wisconsin elect me on Nov. 4 is to be here for 4 years….it’s a position I’m committed to.”


Update September 25th, 2015: Out of presidential race, and back home

Limit the time on public assistance for certain recipients

The Promise:

Put common sense limits on the amount of time able-bodied, working-age childless adults can be on public assistance


Update August 13th, 2015: Changes have taken effect

Return budget surpluses to taxpayers

The Promise:

“Every year we have a surplus, which we’ve had the last couple years, we’re going to continue to put that right back into the hands of the people who earned it, the hard-working taxpayers of this state.”


Update August 13th, 2015: This held for first budget in second term. Second budget to come.

Support a major increase in the enrollment cap in the statewide private school voucher program

The Promise:

Walker said if he's re-elected, he would support a significant or wholesale lifting of the enrollment cap on the two-year-old statewide private school voucher program, particularly for low-income students but also potentially for students from families with higher incomes.


Update August 13th, 2015: Statewide program was passed as part of 2015-'17 budget

Repeal the Common Core State Standards for schools

The Promise:

Walker said he would move to replace the Common Core State Standards in Wisconsin in January if he is re-elected. Speaking to media on a campaign stop in the Wisconsin Dells, Walker said he believes the Common Core guidelines do not provide state educators, civic leaders and parents with enough say in determining what children should be learning at each grade level. The Governor said he would include a repeal of Common Core as part of a broader package aimed at improving schools he will bring to the legislature in January if re-elected.


Update July 17th, 2015: Complicated relationship with the Common Core continues