Governor Proposes Crack Down on Welfare Recipients

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposed a welfare reform package on Monday that forces parents to meet work requirements in order to receive food stamps and housing assistance.

He claimed they would be similar to current state laws that require childless adults to participate in job training programs if they receive food stamps and work less than 80 hours a month.

CBS Minnesota reports that Walker’s new plan would require able-bodied adults with young dependents (ages 6 to 18) to attend job training and actively search for employment five days per week to receive benefits from the state’s food stamp program known as FoodShare. Those who do not meet the necessary work requirements would not receive full benefits. He calls this part of the reform package, “Wisconsin Works for Everyone.”

Walker, who was the first major candidate to drop out of the 2016 race, told reporters he believes “public assistance should be a trampoline, not a hammock.”  He said, “I mean we want to help people get back into the workforce, not settle into public assistance.”

Walker claimed the new proposals would start out as a pilot program.

 

H/T: CBS Minnesota

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