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Tracking Gov. Tony Evers' Campaign Promises

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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

Increase spending on technical schools and UW System

The Promise:

“As governor, Tony will: Increase investments in both our technical schools and University of Wisconsin System.”

Update: Spending is on the rise -- just not at the level Evers recommended

Cut middle-class income taxes by 10 percent

The Promise:

Evers said he would cut income taxes in his first budget by 10 percent for individuals making up to $100,000 and families making up to $150,000. He would pay for it by limiting the manufacturers and agricultural tax credit. 

 

Update: Budget includes a tax cut, but not quite what Evers proposed

Expand funding for Planned Parenthood

The Promise:

“As governor, Tony will: Reverse Scott Walker’s decision to defund Planned Parenthood and thus ensure that thousands of Wisconsin residents are still able to access important health services like breast and cervical cancer screenings, physical exams, birth control and sexually transmitted infections (STI) testing”

Update: Funding in doubt after Republicans ax ACA funding

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 promise stalled amid budget battle

Protect coverage for pre-existing conditions

The Promise:

Evers said he would send a letter when he takes office that says: “As my first act in office, I am immediately withdrawing the authority previously provided under Wis. Stat. § 165.25(1m) for Wisconsin to participate in litigation over the Affordable Care Act in Texas, et al. v. the United States.”

He also pledged to “extend protections for Wisconsinites with pre-existing health conditions. It is estimated that half of Wisconsinites have some kind of pre-existing health condition like cancer, diabetes, a heart condition, obesity or depression.”

This promise focuses on the second part -- steps taken to protect coverage of pre-existing conditions.

Update: Pledge on pre-existing conditions treading water

Support ending solitary confinement

The Promise:

“As governor, Tony will support: Ending the use of solitary confinement (especially with juveniles)"

Update: Evers hasn't taken action to end it, though he could

Increase spending on technical schools and UW System

The Promise:

“As governor, Tony will: Increase investments in both our technical schools and University of Wisconsin System.”

Update: UW funding would go up by $150M, tech school by $18M