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Work requirement would reduce food stamp rolls

Proposed work requirement for food stamps projected to knock half the people off the program

MADISON, Wis. - A requirement that able-bodied adults on Wisconsin's food stamps program work or get trained for a job at least 20 hours a week is scheduled to be voted on by the Legislature's budget committee.

It is projected that half of the 62,700 able-bodied adults on the FoodShare program currently won't meet the requirement and will lose their benefits.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to vote on it Tuesday.

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says implementing the program would cost nearly $36 million over two years, with about $17 million shouldered by state taxpayers and $19 million by federal taxpayers.

If 31,300 leave the program as the Fiscal Bureau estimates, Wisconsin would receive about $72 million a year less in food stamps benefits.

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