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Lawmakers discuss expanding program that helps pay funeral costs for poor people

MADISON (WKOW) -- When a loved one dies, one of the last things you want to have to worry about is how to pay for the funeral.

The Wisconsin Legislature's budget committee has approved expanding a program that helps pay for funeral costs for poor people.

Under current law, county human service departments pay some of the funeral costs of people who are too poor to cover the expenses on their own. To qualify, costs can't exceed $3,500. The budget committee on Tuesday voted to raise that cap to $4,500.

However, the maximum amount that counties could pay toward those expenses would remain at $1,500.

The changes approved by the committee do not apply to cemetery costs.

The bill must be passed by both the Senate and Assembly and be signed by Gov. Jim Doyle before it becomes law.

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