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

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. >

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

Walker signs 9 bills limiting Wisconsin welfare into law


Gov. Scott Walker signed nine bills into law Tuesday that limit the state’s welfare programs, including increasing the work requirement for food stamp recipients and imposing it on parents for the first time. > AP News

Paul Ryan’s broad strokes on poverty

Paul Ryan on Tuesday reiterated his vision of consolidating the wide array of federal poverty programs into a benefit system that he argues would better encourage people to get out of welfare and into work, including sending some of the federal money spent on welfare programs to local governments and charities. > Roll Call

Walker challenger Vinehout: A wheelchair is not a trampoline


During the recent Senate debate on Gov. Walker’s welfare reform bills, proponents declared the best road out of poverty was a job. No one in the Senate disagreed. However, 60 percent of non-elderly Medicaid recipients already work, while another third are in school, ill or caring for someone in need. > Tomah Journal