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Tracking Gov. Tony Evers' Campaign Promises

Raise minimum wage to $15 an hour, with automatic inflationary increases

“Tony supports raising the minimum wage to $15/hour and indexing to inflation.  However, like Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Tony also believes that this should be phased in over multiple years.”

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

“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.

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

“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.

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

“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.”

Repeal or soften Act 10

In answer to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel questions, Evers campaign manager said Evers would want to repeal Act 10 or soften it.

Act 10 is the measure passed in 2011 by then-Gov. Scott Walker and fellow Republicans that curtailed collective bargaining for most public employees, among other matters.

Withdraw Wisconsin from lawsuit seeking to overturn Obamacare

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 first part -- withdrawing the state from the Obamacare lawsuit.

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

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.