Friday, December 19th, 2014

Walk-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Scott Walker

Create 250,000 new jobs

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.”

Create 10,000 new businesses

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.”

Reform and speed up permitting process for businesses

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."

Lift nuclear moratorium

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."

Create "jobs hotline" for direct access to governor's office

Will "create a 'Jobs Hotline' so job creators have direct access to the governor’s office within 24 hours. No more unreturned calls, no more uninterested politicians. When job creators are looking to expand or relocate to Wisconsin, or if they are thinking of leaving, my office will be able to offer immediate action to bring new jobs to our state and save existing jobs."

Have lieutenant governor lead statewide "small business roundtables"

"To ensure that the state and Wisconsin businesses have an open and ongoing dialog on the state of the economy, I will empower my Lieutenant Governor to head regular small business roundtables in all corners of the state."

Call special legislative session on jobs

Will, with first official act as governor, minutes after taking the oath of office, "declare an economic emergency and call a special session of the legislature on cutting taxes for small businesses, curbing frivolous lawsuits, eliminating state tax on Health Savings Accounts and reorganizing the Department of Commerce."

Create and convene "Waste, Fraud and Abuse" Commission

"As part of my Emergency Jobs Plan, I will issue an executive order on my first day in office, creating this commission, directing it to meet within one week, and giving it the authority to access the books of all state agencies and go through them line-by-line. I will appoint a tough, private-sector chairman who will bring common sense to government spending and ensure that taxpayer money is being spent efficiently and effectively."

Eliminate state tax on Health Savings Accounts

Will "call on the legislature to eliminate the tax on Health Savings Accounts, taking effect immediately." This would be part of the special "economic emergency" session of the Legislature.

Replace Department of Commerce with development-focused agency

"Working with the legislature and through executive order, I will replace ( Department of Commerce) with a true economic development agency. I will hire an experienced economic development professional as Executive Director. All regulatory functions will be transferred to other agencies. Existing economic development functions of state agencies, like the Department of Workforce Development, and state affiliated entities, like the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, will be consolidated within the new agency."

Implement simplified and understandable DNR regulations

Will "allow increased access to state lands for forest management and all of Wisconsin’s citizens. Implement simplified and understandable regulations."

Appoint "Whitetail Deer trustee" to review deer counting system

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

Change to hunter-friendly chronic wasting disease strategy

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."

Improve deer hunt rules; return to 'traditional' hunts

Will return state "to traditional hunts – enough with T-Zones and Earn-a-Buck (programs related to herd management) – making Wisconsin the best place in the nation to hunt white tailed deer again."

Create new panel to provide advice on hunting and environmental matters

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."

Require annual audits of fish and wildlife accounts

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."

Allow smoking in businesses

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker said Saturday (July 10, 2010) that he would sign a repeal of the state's smoking ban if elected governor

Adopt strong "Castle Doctrine" law

Will adopt a strong "Castle Doctrine" law. "Homeowners should take comfort in knowing that their home is truly their castle, which is why I support citizens’ rights to protect themselves in their own homes and anywhere they have a legal right to be, by adopting a strong Castle Doctrine law"

Lower taxes on business investment capital for new firms and expansions

Will lower taxes on business investment capital for new firms and expansions. "We must lower the tax burden for all individuals and job creators. Specifically, we can lower the tax on early stage and investment capital to make it more accessible to Wisconsin employers that want to stay in Wisconsin and expand while also luring start-ups to our state."

Establish laws protecting gun ranges from "frivolous lawsuits"

Will establish laws protecting gun ranges from "frivolous lawsuits." ... "Reforms to the DNR must be accompanied by laws that protect safe, legal gun ranges from frivolous lawsuits that are an all too common weapon of Madison special interests who want to shut them down."