In the 2010 governor's race, Scott Walker put out a specific number when talking about cutting the "waste, fraud and abuse" in state government: $300 million.
Walker said he would set up a commission to identify such waste and then eliminate it.
In 2012, we noted that Walker had formed the commision as promised, and it published a report detailing more than $370 million in potential savings to the state.
Based on that, we rated the promise In the Works while watching how the governor would achieve savings.
After sifting through the commission's report and subsequent actions by Walker and state lawmakers, we believe he's met his goal.
Efforts to combat tax fraud and increase collections have shown results. Overall, anti-fraud collections are up $74 million, based on figures published by the state Department of Revenue.
Similarly, anti-fraud efforts in state welfare programs have brought in $48 million more.
The commission's report talked about ways to get state agencies to return, or "lapse," unspent funds back to the state treasury.
Walker claims $210 million on that front. There's some evidence for that figure, but we think $112 million better reflects true savings in that category.
Walker went after fraud in the state's Wisconsin Shares child-care program, the subject of the "Cashing in on Kids," investigation by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
We documented $44 million in cost savings there for 2012-13 alone.
Add in a $37 million increase in collection of overpayments of unemployment insurance benefits, and the total savings tops $300 million.
Walker claims additional savings from other measure, and we found some evidence for additional savings. We did not examine the complete list.
With that in mind, and because much of the proven savings is tied to ongoing anti-fraud and spending restraints, we think it's fair to say that $300 million a year can be saved.
Based on the evidence, we're moving this to Promise Kept.