Monday, December 22nd, 2014

Promise Kept rulings on the Walk-O-Meter

Assure at least one Natural Resources Board member has a farming background

Will "ensure that at least one of the members of the Natural Resources Board comes from an agricultural background."

Streamline teacher licensing process; allow those with "real world" experience.

Will "streamline the licensing process and open the door to aspiring teachers with real world experience."

Remove residency requirement for teachers

Will "remove arbitrary barriers like residency requirements that keep qualified teachers out of struggling districts."

Restore Qualified Economic Offer system for school district bargaining

Will restore the Qualified Economic Offer in school district bargaining. "The Qualified Economic Offer (QEO), which helped hold down local school costs for more than 15 years, will be restored and tied to revenue caps to align each district’s expenses with their revenues."

Change mediation/arbitration rules for teacher unions to consider "local economic factors"

Will change mediation/arbitration rules. "Mediation and arbitration changes will also be needed to ensure that local economic factors are considered."

Remove enrollment caps for private school choice program and for virtual charter schools

Will "remove enrollment caps for private school choice program and for virtual charter schools."

Allow state to file or join lawsuits to block federal health care reform

Will allow state to file or join lawsuits to block federal health care reform. Said Walker: "We're going to pursue any and all legal options we have to keep this from being imposed on the people and businesses of Wisconsin."

Reopen tourism visitor centers closed under Gov. Jim Doyle

Will "use my experience as (Milwaukee) County Executive to work with the private sector to reopen these centers and make them self-sufficient. During my tenure, we were able to partner with the private sector to increase support for our parks and attractions."

Increase access to state lands for hunters

Will "increase access to state lands so hunters have more hunting opportunities."

Expand veterans board and let governor appoint all members

Will "support a requirement that there be one member from every congressional district in Wisconsin. The ninth member shall be a statewide at-large member. I will propose legislation to expand the current (Board of Veterans) to nine members, all appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate. I will propose legislation to expand the current (Board of Veterans) to nine members, all appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Senate."

Stop Milwaukee to Madison high-speed rail link on first day in office

Will stop Milwaukee-Madison high-speed rail line. said: "I am drawing a line in the sand Mr. President: No matter how much money you and Governor Doyle try to spend before the end of the year, I will put a stop to this boondoggle the day I take office."

Sign legislation requiring photo ID to vote

Will "sign into law a bill to require a photo ID to vote."

Pass and sign concealed carry legislation

Will pass concealed carry legislation. “Scott has time and again supported shall issue concealed carry legislation and has said explicitly he will sign it as governor.”

Identify $300 million in waste, fraud and abuse in state budget and eliminate it

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."

End early prison release

Will "end Gov. (Jim) Doyle's program of letting criminals out of prison early. As the original author of Wisconsin's Truth-in-Sentencing law, I believe criminals should serve their entire sentences. Bureaucrats and politicians should not be overriding the decisions of judges, juries and prosecutors. Victims and their families deserve better."

Curb frivolous lawsuits through legal reforms

Will sign tort reform legislation. “For too many years, policy decisions in Madison have been designed to make it easier for trial lawyers in search of deep pockets to sue. I will push for legal reforms so that instead of defending frivolous lawsuits, businesses can invest in their operations and workers.”

Suspend taxes for two years on businesses that relocate here

Will “work to make Wisconsin a highly attractive place to start a business by eliminating corporate taxes for the first two years of operation.“