Updated: Scott Walker and Tony Evers: Fact checking the candidates for Wisconsin governor

Republican Scott Walker (left) is seeking a third four-year term as governor. Democrat Tony Evers is the longtime state schools superintendent.
Republican Scott Walker (left) is seeking a third four-year term as governor. Democrat Tony Evers is the longtime state schools superintendent.

Updated Sept. 13, 2018

Now that the party nominees for governor are set, we’ll gather here all of the fact checks about Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his Democratic challenger, state schools superintendent Tony Evers.

The most recent items on the two candidates are listed first.

Check back here often to stay up to date ahead of the Nov. 6, 2018 general election.

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(If you’re interested in more fact checks on the other Democrats who ran, go here.)

TONY EVERS Democrat, State schools superintendent

Statements by Evers

Health care: Says Scott Walker refused federal funds and "Wisconsin families now pay nearly 50% more than Minnesotans for the same health care." Mostly False.  

Infrastructure: Wisconsin is "49th out of 50 states in infrastructure." False

College: "Since Scott Walker has been our governor, we’ve gone from 50 percent state funding for the" University of Wisconsin System "to 15 percent." False.

Polls: "I’m the first Democrat to ever lead Scott Walker in an election year." False.

Foxconn: Says Wisconsin ‘could compel’ Foxconn to install solar panels that would power 33,000 homes. Mostly False.

Education: Says that despite a recent increase in school funding, Scott Walker "has taken over a billion dollars from the public schools." Mostly False.

Jobs: "Job creation fell by 70 percent in Wisconsin in 2016" under Scott Walker. Mostly True.

Statements about Evers

Porn case: A Stronger Wisconsin says: "When two judges said it was illegal to fire a teacher" who viewed pornography at school, "Tony Evers worked with Republicans and Democrats and changed the law." Half True.

Porn case: Greater Wisconsin Committee says: "When the law stopped Tony Evers from revoking a teacher's license for viewing pornography, Tony worked with lawmakers from both parties to change the law so offenders could be kicked out of the classroom." Half True.

Article: Third attack ad vs. Tony Evers in teacher porn has some of the same problems. 

Porn case: State Republican Party says Tony Evers "didn't revoke the license of a teacher caught spreading pornography and commenting on the bodies of middle-school girls." Half True.

Education: "By law, Democrats gave the superintendent of public instruction, back in 2009, the ability to take over failing schools … The current superintendent (Evers) has failed to do that." False.

Porn case: State GOP says Tony Evers "allowed a middle-school teacher found guilty of spreading pornographic material at school to keep teaching students." Mostly False.

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SCOTT WALKER Republican, incumbent governor

Statements by Walker

Porn case: "A teacher watched hard-core pornography in his classroom," along with other inappropriate behavior, but Tony Evers didn't revoke the teacher's license and "the teacher is still in the classroom." Mostly False

Prisons: "A number of Democrats running for governor want to cut the prison population by 50%" and "that would require the release of thousands of violent felons." Half True.

Education: Says he made "a record investment in schools." Mostly False.

Education: "By law, Democrats gave the superintendent of public instruction, back in 2009, the ability to take over failing schools … The current superintendent has failed to do that." False.

Taxes: "Property and income taxes will be lower in 2018 than they were in 2010." Mostly True.

Employment: "Our bold reforms have Wisconsin’s unemployment rate down to an all-time LOW of 2.9 percent, and the number of people working at an all-time HIGH!" Half True.

Transportation: "We invested" in our transportation system "$24 billion over eight years. That’s $3 billion more than what former Governor Jim Doyle spent on transportation over the same period of time." Mostly False.

Foxconn: Says Foxconn didn't keep a promise to build a plant in Pennsylvania because "Pennsylvania changed governors." Mostly False.

Business: "We took Wisconsin from the Bottom 10 for business to the Top 10." Mostly False.

Foxconn: "Foxconn is bringing 13,000 high-tech jobs to Wisconsin." Half True.

Taxes: Tax cuts approved and those proposed in his state budget "will exceed $8 billion by the time the budget is done." True.

Taxes: "Property taxes are lower right now than they were" in December 2010 on a median-valued home in Wisconsin. Mostly True.

Education: "We are investing more money into education than ever before in the history of Wisconsin." Mostly False.

Economy: "Wisconsin’s economy is in the best shape it’s been since 2000." Half True.

Transportation: "Road projects across the state are staying on track or getting done sooner thanks to the good work of the team at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation." Mostly False.

What to know about TV ads on teacher who viewed porn at school case.

 

Statements about Walker

Education: Mahlon Mitchell says Scott Walker "has cut more from public education than he's put back in, obviously. He took $1.6 billion and some change away and then puts back $630 million and he's calling that progress." Mostly False.

Environment: Kelda Roys says "political interference" from Scott Walker’s administration has led to "gagging (DNR) scientists so they can no longer comment on proposed legislation" and "we’re letting polluters write their own permits." Mostly False.

Roads: Kelda Roys says that under Scott Walker, on a percentage basis, Wisconsin is "spending twice as much on debt service for just basic road repair and maintenance" than before he took office. Mostly True.

Spending: Kelda Roys says that in 2011 under Scott Walker, Wisconsin for the first time spent "more on our prison system than we did" on the University of Wisconsin System. Mostly True.

Wages: Matt Flynn says that under Scott Walker, "average wages, when adjusted for inflation, are lower today than they were under Jim Doyle." Half True.

Jobs: Kathleen Vinehout says that under Scott Walker, Wisconsin is "still 16,000 manufacturing jobs lower than we were during the recession." Mostly True.

Internet: Andy Gronik says Scott Walker "has taken money away from internet expansion in our state." Mostly False.

Medicaid: Dana Wachs says Scott Walker "has turned down $1 billion of Medicaid money over the course of his tenure." Mostly True.

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