Work requirement would reduce food stamp rolls

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A proposed work requirement for food stamps recipients in Wisconsin is projected to knock half of the people off the program.

Gov. Scott Walker's proposal is scheduled to be voted on Tuesday by the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee.

Walker's Department of Health Services reports in briefing papers that about 31,350 participants in the Wisconsin FoodShare program would not be able to meet the proposed requirements. That is half of those in the program who are able-bodied adults without children.

Walker wants to require FoodShare recipients to spend at least 20 hours a week searching for work or participating in job training to keep their benefits.

The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says five states impose the work requirement and six others have it in portions of their states.

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