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.
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