Tracking politicians' promises


Tracking the promises of Rick Perry


Tracking the promises of Greg Abbott


Tracking the promises of Steve Adler

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Allow schools to opt out of state mandates

The Promise:

"Teachers and parents know far better how to educate our children than do a bunch of bureaucrats in Austin or Washington, D.C."

Update September 12th, 2017: Greg Abbott keeps promise to let schools opt out of mandates

Enact a 20 percent homestead exemption

The Promise:

Wants to "provide a 20 percent across-the-board tax exemption for homesteads."

Update September 8th, 2017: Austin's Steve Adler loses momentum on promise to reach 20 percent homestead exemption

Rework incentives so they reward creating middle class jobs

The Promise:

"Reform the policies for granting incentive subsidies to reward creation of middle class jobs, as well as training local residents for those jobs." Mayor Steve Adler also wants to allow small businesses to participate in order to incentivize growth of small businesses.

Update June 29th, 2017: Steve Adler promise to encourage middle-class jobs no longer stalled

Require state elected officials to disclose more about personal sources of income, contracts

The Promise:

"I'm proposing that all state elected officials be required to disclose more about their sources of income and to disclose any contracts they, or their family members, have with state agencies or local government bodies."

Update June 9th, 2017: Lawmakers, in reversal, advance mandate tightening disclosures of personal income, contracts

Make changes at city utilities to promote affordability

The Promise:

"Require Austin Energy and the Austin Water Utility to initiate long-term changes in their business models that will better accommodate affordability."

Update May 8th, 2017: Adler vow to reshape utilities is half-launched

Focus additional spending on cancer screenings and treatment for low-income Texans

The Promise:

"Because this is strategic spending on certain areas, it should reduce the cost of health care in the state in the long term." Abbott specified his desire to spend $50 million more on women's health care.

Update January 30th, 2017: Abbott keeps vow to spend on cancer screenings, health care for low-income residents

Require school districts with prekindergarten to assess student performance twice annually

The Promise:

Districts would choose methods of assessing prekindergarten students at the start and finish of each school year from a list of approaches developed by the state.

Update January 12th, 2017: Abbott wins compromise on testing pre-kindergarten students

Create Texas Achievement School District to take over worst elementary schools

The Promise:

Schools eligible to be placed in "achievement districts" would consist of the bottom 15 elementary or charter school campuses with an F rating from the state for two straight years.

Update January 12th, 2017: Abbott achieves compromise for Texas 'achievement' school districts

Limit city staff vacancies

The Promise:

City of Austin staff "vacancies that are funded in the budget should be limited to no more than five percent of staffing. Funding for these vacancies should be held in a centralized provisional account."

Update June 9th, 2016: Steve Adler goal of whittling city vacancies unfulfilled

Fund treatment for postpartum depression for low-income mothers

The Promise:

"As a starting point, the coverage period for postpartum doctor visits for the mother under" the Children's Health Insurance Program's perinatal coverage "should be extended from 60 days to up to one year." Abbott calls for spending $3 million more over two years.

Update June 1st, 2016: Lawmakers inactive on Greg Abbott call to expand postpartum depression care

Look for surplus properties to sell

The Promise:

"Conduct a review of all city holdings to see if any could or should be sold. Consider using the potential revenue to pay other one-time expenses that might be incurred."

Update May 20th, 2016: Steve Adler vow to identify city properties to sell 'In the Works'

Fund Medicaid by block grants

The Promise:

"The one-size-fits-all approach, mandated from Washington, D.C., and the Medicaid system, does not help Texas address the unique needs of the diverse population we have in this state."

Update April 25th, 2016: Greg Abbott's vow to seek block-grant Medicaid funding unfulfilled

Reinstate free Capital Metro bus fares for seniors and the disabled

The Promise:

"I think this is something we can afford to do for some of the most challenged of our fellow Austinites. The government can be lean without being mean."

Update March 29th, 2016: Adler promise of free bus fares for elderly in idle

Include Asian languages in city communications

The Promise:

"I believe we should expand communications support for as many Asian languages as possible, particularly languages widely used in Austin such as Mandarin, Korean, Hindi, Vietnamese and Bangla."

Update March 21st, 2016: Adler slow to move on vow to expand Asian languages in city communications

Raise awareness of Austin's music scene with more free concerts

The Promise:

"There must be free, large- and small-scale, high-quality, family-friendly concerts and events that make sure great music of varying types and cultures is accessible to all."

Update March 18th, 2016: Austin mayor acknowledges no headway on free concerts promise