Evers-O-Meter

Raise no taxes

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.)  

Updates

Budget includes tax hikes, but issue is a long way from being resolved

After saying repeatedly on the campaign trail he would consider raising taxes if elected, Gov. Tony Evers abruptly pivoted on the eve of the election, telling both The Washington Post and WISN-TV that he would not raise taxes.

Then Evers' first budget — unveiled Feb. 28, 2019 — included more than $1 billion in tax increases over the two-year period.

That earned Evers a Full Flop on our Flip-O-Meter. The Flip-O-Meter gauges whether a candidate has changed his position, which was clearly the case here.

Examining this as a promise is a little less clear cut. Republicans have vowed to oppose tax increases, so Evers may yet be forced to keep this promise — even if that's not the case under his proposal.

For now, we rate this promise Stalled.

Sources:

PolitiFact Wisconsin, Evers reverses course on pledge to 'raise no taxes,' March 5, 2019

The Washington Post, Can Scott Walker extend his winning streak in Wisconsin?, Nov. 1, 2018

WISN-TV, UpFront with Mike Gousha, 'UPFRONT' recap: Walker, Evers make closing arguments in governor's race, Nov. 4, 2018