Wisconsin’s Unprecedented Welfare Reform Could Inspire Conservative Changes Elsewhere
February 27, 2018

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is poised to sign a sweeping package of bills aimed at reducing welfare rolls by expanding work requirements and adding other restrictions. The proposals include several changes that no other state has tried and would require approval from the federal government. …

The new laws would make it harder for some low-income people to obtain or keep food stamps, child care subsidies, health insurance and housing aid. The legislation passed both GOP-controlled chambers in February despite overwhelming opposition from Democrats. It is awaiting Walker’s expected signature.

Republicans argue that the economy has improved, so fewer people should need government assistance. But Democrats say the work provisions don’t do enough to ensure that people actually find jobs and might result in people losing their benefits.

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