Promise Broken rulings on the Walk-O-Meter

Create 250,000 new jobs

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.”

Lift nuclear moratorium

Will "lift Wisconsin’s nuclear moratorium to encourage this clean energy option and ensure that we continue to invest in energy transmission to move power from outside Wisconsin across the state."

Create "jobs hotline" for direct access to governor's office

Will "create a 'Jobs Hotline' so job creators have direct access to the governor’s office within 24 hours. No more unreturned calls, no more uninterested politicians. When job creators are looking to expand or relocate to Wisconsin, or if they are thinking of leaving, my office will be able to offer immediate action to bring new jobs to our state and save existing jobs."

Require annual audits of fish and wildlife accounts

Will "require increased transparency and accountability by requiring annual audits of our fish and wildlife accounts to ensure that we are prioritizing expenditures an getting maximum value for our sportsmen and women."

Allow smoking in businesses

Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker said Saturday (July 10, 2010) that he would sign a repeal of the state's smoking ban if elected governor

Begin to phase out state tax on retirement income

Will "work to begin phasing out the state tax on retirement income to help keep investment capital in Wisconsin instead of watching it go to states like Florida and Arizona."

Oppose and veto all tax increases

Will "oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes."

Create relocation tax credit for businesses moving to Wisconsin

Will create a relocation tax credit for businesses moving to Wisconsin. "For businesses that move to Wisconsin that are not subject to the corporate income tax, my proposal provides a relocation tax credit up to 50% of moving costs. This tax credit is deferrable for up to 10 years, providing new businesses plenty of time to establish roots and grow their workforce."

Repeal 2009 income tax increase on wealthiest taxpayers

In a conference call Monday (Nov. 2, 2009) with reporters, Walker said his first budget would undo tax increases approved this year by the Legislature. This year's state budget included increases in business taxes; the capital gains tax; and the income tax for the wealthiest residents. Walker said he would do away with those increases.

Require use of accepted accounting principles to balance all state budgets

Will "require the use of generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) to balance every state budget, just as we require every local government and school district to do."

Strip policy items and pork projects from the state budget

Will "strip policy and pork projects from the state budget. The budget process should be about funding essential government services based on the taxpayers’ ability to pay."

Never "raid" special state funds for other programs

Will "end the practice of raiding segregated state funds to pay for other programs. If taxpayer revenue is collected for a specific purpose such as building and maintaining roads, it should be used for that purpose and that purpose only."

Toughen reporting requirements for lobbyists

Will "require lobbyists to report all attempts to influence state agency decisions regarding the awarding of state contracts and grants and provide real time disclosure of all contracts and grant awards."

Sponsor annual event aimed at convention and meeting planners

Will "sponsor an annual event to bring national association meeting planners and Wisconsin businesses together. I will make this (Conference of Tourism) a key component of both my tourism and economic development agenda."

Sign legislation on immigration similar to Arizona bill

Will "sign similar legislation to the Arizona law to ensure the taxpayers of Wisconsin are not paying for benefits like BadgerCare and in-state college tuition for people who are here illegally."

Immediately pay full employee contribution on his state pension

Will voluntarily and immediately pay the full employee contribution for his own pension if elected governor. “Currently, Wisconsin taxpayers foot the bill for both the employer and employee contributions for the pension benefit received by state employees and elected officials.” 

Freeze technical college tuition for two years

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.

Increase availability of tuition tax credits for certain students

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.

Universal access to college courses

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.

Repeal the Common Core State Standards for schools

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.