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Promise Kept

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 April 1st, 2014:

Another month with little movement

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Promise Kept

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 March 17th, 2014:

Readjustments chip away at 2013 gains

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Promise Kept

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 January 30th, 2014:

Progress in 2013, but a long way to go

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Promise Kept

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 December 27th, 2013:

Keeps inching forward ... though inches won't be enough to meet the pledge

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Promise Kept

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 November 22nd, 2013:

Some progress, but a long, long way to go

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Promise Kept

Review all tax policy to lighten burden on farmers

The Promise:

Will "conduct a comprehensive review of all tax policy that impacts farmers, eliminate tax barriers to production, and rein in government spending so that farmers can invest in their operations instead of sending more money to the state treasury."


Update November 8th, 2013:

Analysis assesses taxation of farmers

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Promise Kept

Change to hunter-friendly chronic wasting disease strategy

The Promise:

Will push "policymakers in Madison (to) recognize that our Chronic Wasting Disease efforts aren’t working and shift to a strategy that makes sense for our hunters."


Update November 7th, 2013:

That push is poised to come to fruition

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Promise Kept

Appoint "Whitetail Deer trustee" to review deer counting system

The Promise:

Will "appoint a Whitetail Deer Trustee, an outside independent expert to revise our deer counting system."


Update November 7th, 2013:

Appointment came earlier, new system is poised for introduction

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Promise Kept

Create new panel to provide advice on hunting and environmental matters

The Promise:

Will "create Governor Advisory Groups consisting of everyday sportsmen, conservationists, business owners and rank-and-file DNR employees to advise me on new and existing regulations and practices."


Update November 7th, 2013:

The group is in place and has been meeting

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Promise Kept

Streamline teacher licensing process; allow those with "real world" experience.

The Promise:

Will "streamline the licensing process and open the door to aspiring teachers with real world experience."


Update November 6th, 2013:

New program is in place, new teachers on the way

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Promise Kept

Establish teacher evaluation system

The Promise:

Will establish teacher evaluation system: "Under my plan, teachers will be evaluated based on the following five criteria: planning and preparation, classroom environment, quality of instruction, professional responsibilities, and yearly student progress. Teachers will receive an overall rating of 'ineffective,' 'needs improvement,' 'satisfactory,' or 'exemplary.' Teachers who are rated 'ineffective' two years in a row will lose their teaching license, while all teachers rated as 'satisfactory' or 'exemplary' will be eligible for bonuses."


Update November 5th, 2013:

Process coming, but not entirely as envisioned

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Promise Kept

Oppose efforts to weaken "Use Value" law as it relates to farms

The Promise:

Will "oppose any efforts to weaken Wisconsin’s 'Use Value' law that has kept property taxes on farms in check and helped family farms stay in business."


Update November 1st, 2013:

No efforts to weaken have emerged, and Walker has remained consistent

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Promise Kept

Reform and speed up permitting process for businesses

The Promise:

Will "reform the permitting process to require state agencies to review permit applications within 60 days of receipt. If the application is not approved or denied by the agency within 180 days of receipt, the application will be presumed approved."


Update November 1st, 2013:

Numerous examples show improvements

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Promise Kept

Create "turnaround task force" to help school districts with failing schools

The Promise:

Will create a "state funded 'Turnaround Taskforce'" to "provide needed guidance to school districts ensuring that they don’t drain financial resources from Wisconsin’s many successful schools."


Update October 29th, 2013:

A different mechanism created for providing assistance to low-performing schools

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Promise Kept

End social promotion for third-graders who cannot read

The Promise:

Will end social promotion for third-graders who cannot read. "Today, 33% of Wisconsin fourth graders cannot read at even a basic level – proof that Wisconsin’s educational system is failing our children. To turn things around, we have to put an end to social promotion for students who cannot read at the end of third grade."


Update October 29th, 2013:

Not exactly as envisioned, but measures are in place

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