Summary of the lame-duck bills Wisconsin Republicans passed this morning


AP News provides a rundown of the bills Wisconsin Republican lawmakers passed Wednesday to weaken the incoming Democratic governor and attorney general and curtail early voting, among several other bills.

Wisconsin Republicans approve Medicaid work requirement in lame-duck session

Wisconsin Republicans’ approved lame-duck maneuvers include a bill to enact a work requirement for some Medicaid participants. The bill codifies into state law a work requirement for able-bodied, childless adults under age 50 who are insured through BadgerCare, a policy Gov.-elect Tony Evers said last month he was considering ending. > Cap Times

Evers considers ending new work requirement for BadgerCare health program

Gov.-elect Tony Evers is considering ending a new policy that will require some people to work to receive health insurance through the state’s BadgerCare Plus program. Even if Republican lawmakers strengthen the requirement during a lame-duck session before Evers takes office, Evers said he will review ways to limit the requirement. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Walker’s Medicaid work requirement approved; drug testing rejected

President Donald Trump’s administration has approved Gov. Scott Walker’s controversial plan to require childless adults on Medicaid to work or lose coverage, but the federal government rejected Walker’s proposal to require drug screening and testing. > Wisconsin State Journal

Scott Walker, in fight for political life, slow-walks Medicaid work rules

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker sought for years to put Medicaid recipients to work. Now federal officials have given him most of what he wanted, but he’s delaying the process for fear the changes will doom his flailing reelection bid, say three federal officials familiar with the deliberations. > POLITICO

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