The Latest: Assembly approves Walker welfare overhaul bills
Feb. 15, 2018
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Assembly debate of welfare overhaul bills (all times local):
The Wisconsin Assembly has approved a welfare overhaul package championed by Gov. Scott Walker.
The Republican-controlled Assembly passed the bills with no Democratic support. The bills that include increasing work requirements for food stamp recipients are a part of Walker's re-election year agenda.
Democratic Rep. Lisa Subeck blasted the bills as nothing more than an election-year gimmick that would do more to hurt the people Republicans profess to help than move them out of poverty. The measures now head to the Senate, where they are expected to pass as soon as next week.
Walker and Republican lawmakers say they bills are a way to give people on food stamps the worker training and experience they need to get a job that will allow them to leave public assistance.
The Wisconsin Assembly has approved increasing work requirements for food stamp recipients.
The Republican-controlled Assembly voted 62-35 along party lines Thursday to increase work requirements for able-bodied adults from 20 hours to 30 hours per week and impose the requirement on parents for the first time.
Democratic Rep. Lisa Subeck calls it an "election-year gimmick" designed to "fire up" the Republican base.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says the bills and others up for passage targeting welfare recipients are designed to get more people in the workforce.
He says, "We need more workers. We need every single person to help fill the gap with our record low unemployment."
The bills now head to the Senate where they are also expected to pass.
The state Assembly plans to pass a welfare overhaul package championed by Gov. Scott Walker as part of his re-election year agenda that would give Wisconsin one of the toughest work requirements for food stamp recipients in the country.
The bills are up for a vote Thursday.
Walker is touting them as a way to give people on food stamps the worker training and experience they need to get a job that will allow them to leave public assistance.
But Democrats and other critics say it's an election-year ploy designed to appease his conservative base. They say the change will make it more difficult for people to get out of poverty.
The Legislature is expected to adjourn for the year in March. The Senate plans to pass the measures as well.