Part of report card improving
"Graduation and third-grade reading scores are up in the state since I took office."
Some evidence, but thin
The Wisconsin school voucher program "has no research that shows that it’s going to improve student learning."
Homicide, up. Assault, up. Rape, up. Shootings, up.
David A. Clarke Jr.
Milwaukee has seen "an uptick in violence" since 2010, and "the only period of calm we get is when winter sets in."
Also requires creation of new ones
A 2013 state law would allow the operator of an iron ore mine in northern Wisconsin to "fill in pristine streams and ponds with mine waste."
Accurate, but not final
"In 2013 we had the largest, the best, private sector job growth we’ve had in this state since the 1990s."
Role of discrimination unclear
"In Wisconsin, a woman only earns 80 cents for every $1 a man earns."
Both rose, though at different rates
When Republicans last controlled the presidency and Congress, "the number of people on food stamps (and) the number of people in low-income housing went through the roof."
Some grants before her time
Republican Governors Association
Under Mary Burke’s leadership, Commerce Department business-incentive programs had "major shortcomings" and "40 percent of jobs...didn’t materialize."
Rocky start leads to unspent funds
"Our state economic development agency under Walker, WEDC, actually isn’t even using the funds that are appropriated to it."
Best-available stat backs him
"Most folks’ wages haven’t gone up in over a decade."
Statistic correct; blame indirect
Republican Party of Wisconsin
"The only time over the last 25 years when the state’s unemployment rate exceeded the U.S. average was when (Mary) Burke was commerce secretary."
Projection based on solid evidence
"With the tax controls we already put in place, property taxes on a typical home in December of 2014 will actually be lower than they were in December of 2010."
2-year schools enjoyed a 4-year freeze
"After years of 5.5 percent average tuition increases, we now have a two-year tuition freeze for the first time in the history of the UW System."
If you don’t act, the state holds onto it until tax time
"If you make the average amount of people in Wisconsin, $50,000, you got $1.60 less a week in taxes" under the state income-tax cut, but "it didn’t show up in your paycheck."
Available figures generally back him
Even after collective bargaining reforms, most Wisconsin public employees "are still paying about 12 to 13 percent" of their health insurance premiums, while most state residents who work in the private sector "pay 20 to 25 percent."
In the broadest sense, yes
"The nine-day deer hunt contributes more than $1.3 billion in revenue to the state of Wisconsin."
Blame is shared, trend is clear
"The national debt is on track to double during Obama’s presidency."
Not a federal initiative, but some federal incentives
Common Core "is not from the federal government," they "do not have their fingerprints on this thing at all."
One notch better
"We’re 49th in the United States in new businesses created."
Tribe is thinking big
Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
"The Kenosha casino would be one of the state’s largest employers and pay more to the state than any other company or Tribe – essentially, it would be Wisconsin’s biggest taxpayer."
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