Walk-O-Meter

Tracking the promises of Scott Walker

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PolitiFact Wisconsin has compiled promises that Scott Walker made during the 2010 and 2014 campaigns and is tracking their progress on our Walk-O-Meter.

We rate their status as Not Yet Rated, In the Works or Stalled. Once we find action is completed, we rate them Promise Kept, Compromise or Promise Broken. (See our About the Walk-O-Meter page for definitions of our ratings.)

The report card above provides an up-to-the-minute tally of all the promises.

Promises we’ve rated recently

Create 10,000 new businesses

The Promise:

Will "get government out of the way of employers ... who will then help Wisconsin create 250,000 jobs by 2015, and as we create those new jobs, we will be able to add 10,000 new businesses.”


Update: No final rating

Increase higher education grants for certain students

The Promise:

Commit to increasing higher education grants so more students can afford college and target these investments in high demand fields of study for students who commit to staying in Wisconsin.


Update: Promise Kept: Increasing student grants

Continue to reduce the tax burden on working families and seniors every year he is in office

The Promise:

Continue to reduce the tax burden on working families and seniors every year he is in office.

 


Update: Promise Kept: Reducing the tax burden

Work with utilities to reduce the cost of energy for homeowners and employers

The Promise:

Work with utilities to reduce the cost of energy for the benefit of employers and homeowners alike. Governor Walker is committed to keeping utility rates low so employers have more revenue to put into job creation, not energy costs.


Update: Promise Broken: Energy prices up

Return budget surpluses to taxpayers

The Promise:

“Every year we have a surplus, which we’ve had the last couple years, we’re going to continue to put that right back into the hands of the people who earned it, the hard-working taxpayers of this state.”


Update: Projected surplus tapped for sales tax holiday, child tax credit

Serve a full term

The Promise:

"My plan is if the people of the state of Wisconsin elect me on Nov. 4 is to be here for 4 years….it’s a position I’m committed to.”


Update: He stayed, but only after trying to leave

Sell unneeded state assets for state debt reduction

The Promise:

Work to identify unneeded state assets and sell them to reduce costs. Use the proceeds to pay down state debt.


Update: Despite promise, no sale of unneeded assets

Not support an increase in the state sales tax

The Promise:

Not support an increase in the state sales tax.


Update: Floated ideas, but didn't back increase in sales tax

Not to pursue toll roads in Wisconsin

The Promise:

Toll roads are not an option in Wisconsin without federal approval and are not on my agenda.


Update: Compromise: Walker on pursuing toll roads

Universal access to college courses

The Promise:

Expand course options so no child, regardless of where they live or their income will be denied the same opportunity other students have to access college level courses of their choosing.


Update: No 'universal access' created

Repeal the Common Core State Standards for schools

The Promise:

Walker said he would move to replace the Common Core State Standards in Wisconsin in January if he is re-elected. Speaking to media on a campaign stop in the Wisconsin Dells, Walker said he believes the Common Core guidelines do not provide state educators, civic leaders and parents with enough say in determining what children should be learning at each grade level. The Governor said he would include a repeal of Common Core as part of a broader package aimed at improving schools he will bring to the legislature in January if re-elected.


Update: Common Core hasn't been repealed

Increase availability of tuition tax credits for certain students

The Promise:

Commit to growing those eligible for and benefitting from the Tuition Tax Deduction so students who stay and work in Wisconsin gain assistance paying for college.


Update: No action since term began, and the budget is complete

Freeze technical college tuition for two years

The Promise:

In his second term plan called Continuing Wisconsin’s Comeback, Governor Walker outlines his strategy to help people “Learn More to Earn More.” This includes an additional two-year tuition freeze for the UW System, as well as a two-year freeze for Wisconsin’s technical college system.


Update: No freeze was included in final budget of the term

Work with the legislature to repay the raids from the Transportation Fund

The Promise:

Work with the legislature to repay the raids from the Transportation Fund by the prior administration.


Update: Transfers from transportation fund to general fund repaid

Protect the Transportation Fund from raids.

The Promise:

Protect the Transportation Fund from raids


Update: No raids during Walker's second term