Walk-O-Meter: Tracking the promises of Scott Walker

PolitiFact Wisconsin has compiled promises that Scott Walker made during the 2010 campaign 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 at right provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

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Promises we’ve rated recently

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

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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

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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

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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 24th, 2014:

Baby steps when giant ones are needed

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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