Sunday, January 25th, 2015

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Cut property taxes so that the levy on a typical home in 2018 is lower than it was in 2010

Governor Walker commits to property taxes on the typical homeowner in Wisconsin being lower in 2018, at the end of his second term than they were in 2010, the start of his first term.

Reduce income taxes so that they are lower in 2018 than they are today

Reduce income taxes so that they are lower in 2018 than they are today.

Not support an increase in the state sales tax

Not support an increase in the state sales tax.

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

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

 

Freeze UW System tuition at least two more years

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

Freeze technical college tuition for two years

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.

Increase availability of tuition tax credits for certain students

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.

Increase higher education grants for certain students

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.

Support a major increase in the enrollment cap in the statewide private school voucher program

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.

Universal access to college courses

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.

Repeal the Common Core State Standards for schools

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.

Require a drug test for those seeking unemployment benefits and Food Stamps

Require a drug test for those seeking unemployment benefits and able-bodied, working age adults requesting Food Stamps from the state.

Require working-age childless adults receiving welfare benefits to work

Require working-age childless adults receiving food stamps or unemployment benefits participate in employment training or part-time work.

Work with the legislature to repay the raids from the Transportation Fund

Work with the legislature to repay the raids from the Transportation Fund by the prior administration.

Not to pursue toll roads in Wisconsin

Toll roads are not an option in Wisconsin without federal approval and are not on my agenda.

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

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.

Protect the Transportation Fund from raids.

Protect the Transportation Fund from raids

Return budget surpluses to taxpayers

“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.”

Limit the time on public assistance for certain recipients

Put common sense limits on the amount of time able-bodied, working-age childless adults can be on public assistance

Sell unneeded state assets for state debt reduction

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