Gov. Evers is one year into his term. Is he keeping his campaign promises?

Gov. Tony Evers made dozens of promises in the lead up to his election in 2018, some he said he’d accomplish within the first budget cycle. In the time since then, he’s delivered on some, but many more have been blocked in a divided government.

“I knew this to some extent, but maybe not the intensity of it, that politics is hardball,” Evers said. “And it’s going to be a challenge to kind of rise above that.”

Overall he said his first year in office has been good.

“I ran on issues around education and transportation, infrastructure, things like that, and healthcare,” he said. “And we made significant gains in all those areas.”

He got this funding on education – $570 million – but it was short of his promise of $1.4 billion, a compromise made with the state Legislature.

Now on education, he’s focusing on support for teachers, even in lieu of attempting to roll back Act 10.

“There are certain things that we know aren’t going to happen,” he said. “And for the time being that’s not something that we’re looking to repeal, but are we encouraging school boards to value teacher voice? Absolutely we are.”

Other efforts on healthcare and transportation he tried on, securing increased funding on local road maintenance and public transit, but many more efforts to fulfill promises were shut down by a Republican-controlled Legislature, including attempts to bring in federal money for Medicaid expansion, a key step in most of his healthcare proposals.

This year, he said he’s not giving up on what’s left. He said he would meet with those leaders, but said he’s depending on people to voice what they want.

“If the people in their districts are asking for something, we’re going to continue to make the case with them and hopefully that influence will get them to move on it,” he said. “We’re not giving up, and we’re going to try everything we can.”

Evers is expected to address the Legislature on Jan. 22 for the State of the State address.

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