According to the Wisconsin Department of Tourism, the state's welcome centers are open for business under Gov. Scott Walker.
Walker's predecessor, Democrat Gov. Jim Doyle, had moved in 2009 to close eight state welcome centers as a budget-saving measure.
During the 2010 gubernatorial campaign, Republican Walker promised to reopen them.
As it turns out, not all eight were completely shut down -- but now eight (or nine, depending on how you count) are all up and running.
According to Lisa Marshall, spokeswoman for the Department of Tourism:
In September 2010, the Department of Tourism stopped operating and staffing eight welcome centers.
Three centers -- Beloit, La Crosse and Hudson -- were actually shuttered.
Initially, Beloit and La Crosse moved from rest areas along highways to nearby retail locations, but later they reopened back in the rest areas. Hudson was replaced by a center in Menomonie that opened in December 2012.
Welcome centers in Kieler, Kenosha and Marinette never shut down. But the Kieler center is now run by the Platteville chamber; the local convention and tourism bureau took over the Kenosha center; and the city runs the Marinette center.
The Superior welcome center moved to the Bong Heritage Center and is run by the local convention and visitors bureau.
Marshall said a welcome center in Hurley, operated by the local chamber of commerce, is not actually a Travel Wisconsin Center.
On the other hand, Prairie du Chien, which the stated stopped operating in 2010, is run by the local chamber and is considered a Travel Wisconsin Center, Marshall said.
Given that Walker, as a candidate for governor, said he would reopen welcome centers that were to be closed, we rate this a Promise Kept.