Gu­ber­na­to­rial fact checks

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - - News - Tom Kertscher

Con­sider this your run­ning score­card on how the 2018 can­di­dates for gov­er­nor are far­ing on our Truth-O-Me­ter.

We’ll pe­ri­od­i­cally up­date the lat­est rat­ings for Repub­li­can Gov. Scott Walker and the Democrats hop­ing to get the nom­i­na­tion to run against him.

And please let us know if you see some­thing we should fact check: Poli­tiFact@ jour­nalsen­ The can­di­dates are listed in al­pha­bet­i­cal or­der. The most re­cent fact checks are listed first.

Tony Evers

State schools su­per­in­ten­dent, Madi­son

Fox­conn: Says Wis­con­sin “could com­pel” Fox­conn to in­stall so­lar pan­els that would power 33,000 homes. Mostly False.

Ed­u­ca­tion: Says that de­spite a re­cent in­crease in school fund­ing, Scott Walker “has taken over a bil­lion dol­lars from the pub­lic schools.” Mostly False.

Jobs: “Job cre­ation fell by 70 per­cent in Wis­con­sin in 2016” un­der Scott Walker. Mostly True.

Matt Flynn

Mil­wau­kee lawyer

Wages: Un­der Scott Walker, “av­er­age wages, when ad­justed for in­fla­tion, are lower to­day than they were un­der Jim Doyle.” Half True.

Andy Gronik

Fox Point busi­ness­man

Bi­og­ra­phy: “I’ve lived” in Mil­wau­kee “all 61 years of my life.” Mostly False.

Race: “Black Amer­i­cans still earn less than

73 per­cent of what white men make.” Half True.

Fox­conn: Wis­con­sin is “guar­an­tee­ing Fox­conn al­most $3 bil­lion, but Fox­conn is not con­trac­tu­ally guar­an­tee­ing how many full-time em­ploy­ees it will hire, for how long and at what pay.” Half True.

In­ter­net: Says Scott Walker “has taken money away from in­ter­net ex­pan­sion in our state.” Mostly False.

Busi­ness: Wis­con­sin is “dead-last in cre­at­ing new busi­nesses” for “three years in a row.” Half True.

Mike McCabe

Madi­son ac­tivist

Taxes: “When you look at all the state and lo­cal taxes we pay in Wis­con­sin, the wealth­i­est 1 per­cent pay the low­est over­all tax rate.” Mostly True.

Mahlon Mitchell

State fire­fighter union pres­i­dent, Fitch­burg

Bi­og­ra­phy: Says he was “in­stru­men­tal to pass­ing two (re­cent) pieces of leg­is­la­tion that were a huge vic­tory for fire­fight­ers across the state.” Mostly False.

Bi­og­ra­phy: “When

@Scot­tWalker told fire­fight­ers we didn’t need to worry about Act 10, we said hell no, we stand with work­ing Wis­con­sinites ev­ery­where.” Mostly False.

Mid­dle class: Wis­con­sin has “the fastest­shrink­ing mid­dle class in the coun­try.” Mostly False.

Josh Pade

Kenosha lawyer

No fact checks.

Kelda Roys

Former state rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Madi­son

De­bate: On par­tic­i­pat­ing in a de­bate for Demo­cratic gu­ber­na­to­rial can­di­dates, Roys ini­tially com­mit­ted to at­tend, then with­drew her com­mit­ment. (The de­bate was later can­celed). Full Flop.

Spend­ing: In 2011 un­der Scott Walker, Wis­con­sin for the first time spent “more on our prison sys­tem than we did” on the Univer­sity of Wis­con­sin Sys­tem. Mostly True.

Taxes: “Un­der Trump’s new tax plan ... 99.8% of Amer­i­cans” get “not one nickel” in tax cuts. Pants on Fire.

Paul Soglin

Madi­son mayor

Jobs: Since he and Scott Walker took office in 2011, “60,000 new jobs have been cre­ated in this state — 40,000 of them were cre­ated in Madi­son and the Madi­son area.” False.

Kath­leen Vine­hout

State se­na­tor, Alma

Pris­ons: Says Wis­con­sin “doesn’t even give” re­leased prison in­mates “a bus ticket to get home.” Mostly False.

Jobs: Un­der Scott Walker, Wis­con­sin is “still 16,000 man­u­fac­tur­ing jobs lower than we were dur­ing the re­ces­sion.” Mostly True.

Dana Wachs

State rep­re­sen­ta­tive, Eau Claire

Busi­ness: “We are last in the na­tion in star­tups — 50th.” True.

Scott Walker

Gov­er­nor since 2011

Taxes: “Prop­erty and in­come taxes will be lower in 2018 than they were in 2010.” Mostly True.


“Our bold re­forms have Wis­con­sin’s un­em­ploy­ment rate down to an all-time LOW of 2.9 per­cent, and the num­ber of peo­ple work­ing at an all-time HIGH!” Half True.

Trans­porta­tion: “We in­vested” in our trans­porta­tion sys­tem “$24 bil­lion over eight years. That’s $3 bil­lion more than what former Gov­er­nor Jim Doyle spent on trans­porta­tion over the same pe­riod of time.” Mostly False.

Madi­son: Says Paul Soglin took Madi­son back­ward — “busi­nesses have left and mur­ders have gone up.” Mostly False.

Fox­conn: Says Fox­conn didn’t keep a prom­ise to build a plant in Penn­syl­va­nia be­cause “Penn­syl­va­nia changed gover­nors.” Mostly False.

Busi­ness: “We took Wis­con­sin from the Bot­tom 10 for busi­ness to the Top 10.” Mostly False.

Fox­conn: “Fox­conn is bring­ing 13,000 high­tech jobs to Wis­con­sin.” Half True.

Taxes: Tax cuts ap­proved and those pro­posed in his state bud­get “will ex­ceed $8 bil­lion by the time the bud­get is done.” True.

Taxes: “Prop­erty taxes are lower right now than they were” in De­cem­ber 2010 on a me­dian-val­ued home in Wis­con­sin. Mostly True.

Ed­u­ca­tion: “We are in­vest­ing more money into ed­u­ca­tion than ever be­fore in the his­tory of Wis­con­sin.” Mostly False.

Econ­omy: “Wis­con­sin’s econ­omy is in the best shape it’s been since 2000.” Half True.

Trans­porta­tion: “Road projects across the state are stay­ing on track or get­ting done sooner thanks to the good work of the team at the Wis­con­sin De­part­ment of Trans­porta­tion.” Mostly False.


Demo­cratic can­di­dates for Wis­con­sin gov­er­nor (clock­wise from top left) Tony Evers, Dana Wachs, Andy Gronik, Paul Soglin, Josh Pade, Kath­leen Vine­hout, Matt Flynn, Mahlon Mitchell, Mike McCabe and Kelda Roys.


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