Friday, October 31st, 2014

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

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

Create 250,000 new jobs

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 18th, 2014: Economists say time has run out on top campaign promise

Require annual audits of fish and wildlife accounts

The Promise:

Will "require increased transparency and accountability by requiring annual audits of our fish and wildlife accounts to ensure that we are prioritizing expenditures an getting maximum value for our sportsmen and women."


Update September 10th, 2014: Two reviews out of dozens of areas

Develop plan to keep Veterans Trust Fund solvent

The Promise:

Will develop plan to keep Veterans Trust Fund solvent. "One of my first jobs as governor will be to develop a long-term plan to ensure the Veterans Trust Fund remains solvent."


Update September 10th, 2014: Cash infusions have kept it afloat, but deficit projections remain

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 September 8th, 2014: Still time to make some headway on this two-pronged promise

Create relocation tax credit for businesses moving to Wisconsin

The Promise:

Will create a relocation tax credit for businesses moving to Wisconsin. "For businesses that move to Wisconsin that are not subject to the corporate income tax, my proposal provides a relocation tax credit up to 50% of moving costs. This tax credit is deferrable for up to 10 years, providing new businesses plenty of time to establish roots and grow their workforce."


Update September 8th, 2014: Another one that did not make it through

Begin to phase out state tax on retirement income

The Promise:

Will "work to begin phasing out the state tax on retirement income to help keep investment capital in Wisconsin instead of watching it go to states like Florida and Arizona."


Update September 8th, 2014: Many tax reforms enacted, but this one did not make it through

Create "Homecoming Wisconsin" program to lure back former residents

The Promise:

Will "create a new program called 'Homecoming Wisconsin.' Working with our University’s alumni associations and state agencies, 'Homecoming Wisconsin' will reach out to individuals, families and businesses that have left our state and remind them to 'come on home.' "


Update August 25th, 2014: Some ongoing efforts, but not as expansive as pledged

Sign legislation on immigration similar to Arizona bill

The Promise:

Will "sign similar legislation to the Arizona law to ensure the taxpayers of Wisconsin are not paying for benefits like BadgerCare and in-state college tuition for people who are here illegally."


Update August 25th, 2014: No legislation moved, and no more session days left

Lift nuclear moratorium

The Promise:

Will "lift Wisconsin’s nuclear moratorium to encourage this clean energy option and ensure that we continue to invest in energy transmission to move power from outside Wisconsin across the state."


Update August 25th, 2014: Some talk, but no action and no more session days scheduled

Create 250,000 new jobs

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 August 14th, 2014: A small increase, but not enough to put the goal in reach

Create 250,000 new jobs

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 July 21st, 2014: Our tally shows more slippage in June

Create 250,000 new jobs

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 June 20th, 2014: Latest numbers show little progress on the unlikely-to-be-met goal

Create 250,000 new jobs

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 May 21st, 2014: Pace is not nearly enough to meet the goal