Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Promises about State Budget on Walk-O-Meter

Require use of accepted accounting principles to balance all state budgets

Will "require the use of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to balance every state budget, just as we require every local government and school district to do."

Strip policy items and pork projects from the state budget

Will "strip policy and pork projects from the state budget. The budget process should be about funding essential government services based on the taxpayers’ ability to pay."

Never "raid" special state funds for other programs

Will "end the practice of raiding segregated state funds to pay for other programs. If taxpayer revenue is collected for a specific purpose such as building and maintaining roads, it should be used for that purpose and that purpose only."

Immediately pay full employee contribution on his state pension

Will voluntarily and immediately pay the full employee contribution for his own pension if elected governor. “Currently, Wisconsin taxpayers foot the bill for both the employer and employee contributions for the pension benefit received by state employees and elected officials.” 

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.

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.