PolitiFact Wisconsin: Walker's promises to college students

Posted at 6:55 PM, Dec 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-01 19:55:29-05

Candidates make promises all the time to win over voters - but do they deliver? 

PolitiFact Wisconsin brings out the Walk-O-Meter to measure two key promises by Gov. Scott Walker for college students.

When Walker promised to freeze tuition for two years at the University of Wisconsin system campuses, he kept that promise.

So PolitiFact Wisconsin looked at another campaign promise by Walker in 2014.   

"Governor Walker promised that he would freeze tuition for the state's technical colleges," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

A tuition freeze would have helped the state's 326,000 tech college students. So what happened?

"The governor earlier this year did propose a freeze for the states technical colleges," Kerscher said, "however lawmakers removed that provision from the state budget."

The Walk-O-Meter called this a Promise Broken
"The governor also promised that he would make more people eligible for tuition tax breaks," said Kertscher.

PolitiFact Wisconsin says Walker made this promise in 2014 in effort to help students who quote stay and work in Wisconsin to gain assistance paying for college.

But this idea never got off the ground.  

"On the tuition tax break there was not a proposal that was specifically made," Kertscher said, "and none that came to fruition."

The Walk-O-Meter also called this a Promise Broken.