Wisconsin to force parents to work for FoodShare, despite doubts about effectiveness


Wisconsin is one of 17 states that have fully implemented a federal work and training requirement to receive food assistance. Gov. Scott Walker says the program works, but Democratic legislators say access to transportation and childcare, expanded education and job training opportunities, and raised wages are what’s really needed. > La Crosse Tribune

Republicans call the think tank pushing welfare work requirements experts. Economists call it ‘junk science.’


The Foundation for Government Accountability think tank has close ties to Paul Ryan and conservative governors in Kansas, Maine and Mississippi — and an outsize influence on the Republican debate over work requirements for food stamps. But much of its work has been panned by both liberal and conservative economists. > Washington Post

Wisconsin politicians weigh in on debates over food stamps, Farm Bill


U.S. Rep. Ron Kind and Gov. Scott Walker are weighing in on the latest version of the Farm Bill in Congress. The bill includes funding for farmer programs and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. > Wisconsin Public Radio

23K children at risk of losing school lunch subsidy under House Farm Bill

A new memo from the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau shows that 23,369 children could lose their subsidized school lunches because their families will lose benefits through the state’s food stamp program if a provision in the proposed House Farm Bill is passed. > Madison.com

Wisconsin Dems slam SNAP cuts in House Farm Bill

Some Wisconsin Democrats are speaking out against a House Farm Bill provision that makes massive cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Drafted with zero input from Democrats, and passed out of committee with only GOP votes, the bill is expected to be debated on the floor later this month. > Wisconsin Radio Network

Wisconsin is the GOP model for ‘welfare reform.’ But as work requirements grow, so does a family’s desperation.

Wisconsin has long been at the forefront of placing restrictions on government benefits, and The Trump administration is using the state as a model. But hopeful statistics belie the continuing struggles of low-income families trying to meet increasing standards for public assistance. The Washington Post takes an in-depth look.

How Walker’s new welfare reforms could impact Wisconsinites who are struggling

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This week, Governor Scott Walker signed nine bills of his welfare reform package into law. The bills range from adding drug screens for people on welfare to prohibiting food stamps to people who own a vehicle worth more than $20,000. > WEAU-TV Eau Claire