Walk-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Scott Walker

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PolitiFact Wisconsin has compiled promises that Scott Walker made during the 2010 and 2014 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Walk-O-Meter.

We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See our About the Walk-O-Meter page for definitions of our ratings.)

The report card above provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

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 December 1st, 2017: No freeze was included in final budget of the term

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 December 1st, 2017: No action since term began, and the budget is complete

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 November 21st, 2017: Transfers from transportation fund to general fund repaid

Protect the Transportation Fund from raids.

The Promise:

Protect the Transportation Fund from raids


Update November 21st, 2017: No raids during Walker's second term

Sell unneeded state assets for state debt reduction

The Promise:

Work to identify unneeded state assets and sell them to reduce costs. Use the proceeds to pay down state debt.


Update September 27th, 2017: Essentially no progress on selling state assets to pay down debt

Work with utilities to reduce the cost of energy for homeowners and employers

The Promise:

Work with utilities to reduce the cost of energy for the benefit of employers and homeowners alike. Governor Walker is committed to keeping utility rates low so employers have more revenue to put into job creation, not energy costs.


Update September 27th, 2017: Energy prices up, despite Scott Walker campaign pledge to reduce them

Continue to reduce the tax burden on working families and seniors every year he is in office

The Promise:

Continue to reduce the tax burden on working families and seniors every year he is in office.

 


Update January 9th, 2017: At mid-point of term, progress has been made on taxes

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

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