Friday, July 31st, 2015

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

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

Freeze technical college tuition for two years

The Promise:

In his second term plan called Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback, Governor Walker outlines his strategy to help people “Learn More to Earn More.” This includes an additional two-year tuition freeze for the UW System, as well as a two-year freeze for Wisconsin’s technical college system.


Update July 17th, 2015: Minimal changes removed in 2015-'17 budget, though Walker could return to promise in next budget

Freeze UW System tuition at least two more years

The Promise:

Governor Walker will freeze UW System tuition for at a minimum two years in addition to the two years already frozen for a total four-year tuition freeze


Update July 17th, 2015: After passage of budget, there is no thaw in this freeze

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 July 17th, 2015: Presidential announcement shows Walker is not so 'committed' to this one anymore

Cut property taxes so that the levy on a typical home in 2018 is lower than it was in 2010

The Promise:

Governor Walker commits to property taxes on the typical homeowner in Wisconsin being lower in 2018, at the end of his second term than they were in 2010, the start of his first term.


Update July 17th, 2015: Projections based on new budget show promise is on track

Require a drug test for those seeking unemployment benefits and Food Stamps

The Promise:

Require a drug test for those seeking unemployment benefits and able-bodied, working age adults requesting Food Stamps from the state.


Update July 17th, 2015: Measures included in the 2015-17 state budget

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 April 30th, 2015: Approval is now up to state lawmakers

Require a drug test for those seeking unemployment benefits and Food Stamps

The Promise:

Require a drug test for those seeking unemployment benefits and able-bodied, working age adults requesting Food Stamps from the state.


Update April 30th, 2015: Proposal included in 2015-'17 budget, awaiting Legislative action

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 February 10th, 2015: Cap would be eliminated if GOP-held Legislature goes along with budget proposal

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 February 10th, 2015: As included in budget, approach is not as clear-cut as pledged

Freeze UW System tuition at least two more years

The Promise:

Governor Walker will freeze UW System tuition for at a minimum two years in addition to the two years already frozen for a total four-year tuition freeze


Update February 10th, 2015: Pledge included in full in 2015-'17 budget proposal

Freeze technical college tuition for two years

The Promise:

In his second term plan called Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback, Governor Walker outlines his strategy to help people “Learn More to Earn More.” This includes an additional two-year tuition freeze for the UW System, as well as a two-year freeze for Wisconsin’s technical college system.


Update February 10th, 2015: A partial freeze was included in the budget. Will Legislature firm it up?

Toughen reporting requirements for lobbyists

The Promise:

Will "require lobbyists to report all attempts to influence state agency decisions regarding the awarding of state contracts and grants and provide real time disclosure of all contracts and grant awards."


Update December 19th, 2014: No final action on either side of this equation

Identify $300 million in waste, fraud and abuse in state budget and eliminate it

The Promise:

Will -- through Commission on Waste, Fraud and Abuse -- identify $300 million in savings. "By also taking advantage of savings that have already been publicly identified such as $22.5 million per year in Wisconsin Shares fraud and $66 million per year in excessive overtime, we can save at least $300 million per year."


Update September 25th, 2014: The numbers show this $300 million goal has been met

Create 10,000 new businesses

The Promise:

Will "get government out of the way of employers ... who will then help Wisconsin create 250,000 jobs by 2015, and as we create those new jobs, we will be able to add 10,000 new businesses.”


Update September 25th, 2014: Different measuring sticks size this one up differently