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Repeal changes made to prevailing wage laws

The Promise:

“As governor, Tony will: Repeal changes made to Wisconsin’s prevailing wage laws that simply take money out of Wisconsin’s workers’ pockets”

Update: Republicans kill prevailing wage rollback

Create tax credits and other programs to boost lead abatement efforts

The Promise:

“As governor, Tony will:

-- Establish a comprehensive and permanent revolving loan program for lead pipe water service lines, lead-based internal plumbing and contaminated well replacements

-- Allow school districts and villages, cities, towns and counties to exceed levy limits to replace lead pipe water service lines

-- Create a thorough academic and behavioral intervention program for children with elevated blood lead levels

-- Allow individuals to claim the Historic Preservation Tax Credit for 25% of costs incurred to remove and replace windows in a historic property to remediate a lead hazard"

Update: Most of Evers’ lead testing initiatives dropped from budget

Expand background checks and put in place gun restrictions

The Promise:

In answer to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel questions, Evers said he supports universal background checks; regulating military-style weapons; banning bump stocks, which allow semiautomatic rifles to fire faster; and preventing those on the "no fly" list from buying guns. 

Update: Evers finding no traction for gun control changes

Create an Office of Inspector General to serve as an independent watchdog

The Promise:

“Tony supports creating a new independent Office of the Inspector General to ensure families have an independent, nonpartisan watchdog keeping an eye on our Wisconsin government.”

Update: No watchdog yet on Evers’ watch

Create ‘blue-ribbon’ panel on Veterans Trust Fund solvency

The Promise:

“As governor, Tony will: Convene a blue-ribbon commission to address the solvency issues facing the Veterans Trust Fund.”

Editor’s note: In tracking this promises, we will start with the assumption that Gov. Evers wants a full report and practical results. We will monitor whether the panel meets, takes action, etc.

Update: Veterans fund not addressed so far

Create ‘blue-ribbon’ panel on agriculture, rural issues

The Promise:

“As governor, Tony will: Convene a blue-ribbon commission to advance agriculture and economic opportunities in rural Wisconsin.”

Editor’s note: In tracking this promises, we will start with the assumption that Gov. Evers wants a full report and practical results. We will monitor whether the panel meets, takes action, etc.

Update: No progress yet on agricultural board

Tighten regulations on state’s school voucher program, or end it entirely

The Promise:

Evers told the School Administrators Alliance in a written response to the group’s questions: “As Governor, I would work with the legislature to phase out vouchers; if Republican control of the Legislature makes that impossible, then I would ensure the state adequately funds public schools and require voucher schools to use licensed teachers, adopt student safeguards like IDEA and non-discrimination protection, and implement needed transparency measures.”

Update: Republicans stall attempted voucher changes

Increase spending on early childhood education

The Promise:

“As governor, Tony will: Increase investments in early childhood education and quality childcare, which includes helping Wisconsin families with skyrocketing childcare costs”

Update: Final budget ups funding for some childhood programs

Increase spending on public transit

The Promise:

“As governor, Tony will: Increase funding for public transit.”

Update: Budget adds transit funding

Bolster preventive health programs that have been defunded

The Promise:

“As governor, Tony will: Invest in preventive health programs, especially for Wisconsin women, that have been defunded over the last seven years. Having to drive four hours round-trip for a mammogram, simply isn’t acceptable.”

Update: Many health initiatives cut from Evers' budget

Raise no taxes

The Promise:

In the last week of the campaign, Evers told the Washington Post, “I’m planning to raise no taxes.” He repeated this days later on the Upfront with Mike Gousha show on WISN-TV.

However, these comments appeared to not apply to the gas tax because as he made them he also said he was considering raising the gas tax. (His comments also came as he stuck by his income tax plan, which would cut taxes for the middle class while raising them on some farmers and manufacturers. The income tax plan overall appears to be a net reduction in taxes.)  

Update: Final budget includes tax increases

Restore state funding for schools to two-thirds level in 2019-21 budget

The Promise:

While running for governor, Evers vowed to increase school funding so that the state paid for two-thirds of public school costs. The budget he proposed in his role as state superintendent included this as well.

Update: Evers fails to hit promised school funding mark

Accept federal Medicaid expansion money

The Promise:

“As governor, Tony will: Take immediate action to accept the federal Medicaid expansion dollars which would insure thousands more Wisconsinites who are struggling to find affordable health insurance.”

Update: Medicaid expansion a no go in final budget

Increase spending on local road maintenance

The Promise:

“As governor, Tony will: Invest more in local road maintenance.”

 

Update: Road spending goes up under Evers

Increase school funding by $1.4 billion over two years in first budget

The Promise:

“As governor, Tony will: Increase school funding by $1.4 billion over two years in his first state budget.”

Update: The level is much lower than pledged, but final budget shows more than $500 million increase