Walk-O-Meter

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.


Sources:

Wisconsin’s Comeback Plan, Walker campaign, July 2014

Subjects: Education

Updates

No action since term began, and the budget is complete

In his 2014 re-election campaign, Gov. Scott Walker pledged to 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."

In January 2016, we rated the promise Stalled. At the time, the governor's office didn't cite any particular progress, but said Walker would be making proposals "to address student loan debt and other higher education initiatives."

The nonpartisan state Legislative Fiscal Bureau told us there have been no actions to make more people eligible for a tuition tax deduction since Walker started his second term in January 2015.

Since the 2017-19 budget is in place, we rate this pledge Promise Broken.

 

Sources:

Email, Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau director Bob Lang, Nov. 28, 2017

Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau, "Comparative Summary of Budget Recommendations," September 2017

 

A year into term, and no progress so far on this one

While campaigning for re-election in 2014, Gov. Scott Walker made a number of promises to make higher education more affordable.

One pledge was "growing those eligible for and benefitting from the tuition tax deduction so students who stay and work in Wisconsin gain assistance paying for college."

When we asked Walker spokeswoman Laurel Patrick in late December 2015 about the promise, she didn't cite any particular progress. But she said the governor's State of the State speech, set for Jan. 19, 2016, would "include proposals to address student loan debt and other higher education initiatives."

Given the lack of any concrete initiative so far, we rate the current state of this promise as Stalled.

Sources:

Email exchange, Gov. Scott Walker press secretary Laurel Patrick, Dec. 24, 2015