The Wisconsin Assembly on Thursday approved Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed welfare limits and sought federal help to cover more of the nearly $90 million in costs from the proposals.
Republicans approved the bills on party-line 62-35 votes, sending them to the Senate, where they are expected to pass quickly. In two 61-36 votes, Rep. Jessie Rodriguez (R-Oak Creek) joined Democrats in voting against creating health savings accounts for state coverage for the needy and Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) voted against requiring photo IDs for food stamps.
In addition, the GOP separately approved on a voice vote a five-year, $12 million pilot program to require food stamp recipients to use their benefits for healthy food.
Supporters have said that the welfare limits will shift more public benefit recipients into the workforce at a time when unemployment is at the historic low of 3%.