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Food stamp work requirement passes

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MADISON (WKOW) -- The Legislature's budget committee approved changes to the state's foodshare program.

It's among several proposals approved by the Joint Finance Committee.

The panel passed Gov. Scott Walker's plan requiring food stamp recipients to spend at least 20 hours a week working or being trained for a job.

Those who don't meet the requirement would be limited to three months of benefits over three years.

It is estimated that half of the childless adults subject to the work requirement would not meet it.

That would result in 31,300 losing benefits.

Democrats attacked the measure as a mean-spirited move that would hurt poor people.

But Republican backers say it will help people become self-sufficient.

 

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