Sunday, May 24th, 2015

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

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

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