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Ann-Elise Henzl

For the last few months, Wisconsin residents who get food stamps have had to meet a work requirement. 

It’s one of a number of changes lawmakers have approved, or are considering, for the FoodShare program.

Supporters say the changes are about helping people become self-sufficient. Advocates for the poor believe the changes are about making benefits harder to obtain.

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In April, the state began requiring some form of work in exchange for FoodShare benefits.

Gov. Scott Walker’s administration also wants to drug test participants, although the USDA says blanket screenings are illegal.

Each month the work mandate kicks in for thousands more FoodShare recipients, when it’s time for their annual benefits renewal.

State Medicaid Director Kevin Moore says there are a couple ways people can satisfy the work requirement.

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Wisconsin might restrict the types of groceries people can buy with FoodShare benefits.

On Thursday, an Assembly committee will listen to people's comments on the proposed new rules for the program designed to help low income people purchase food. Critics question whether the changes would be legal, because 100 percent of the funding for FoodShare comes from the federal government.

New Wisconsin Law Requires Work for Food Stamps

Jul 1, 2014
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Thousands of Wisconsin residents, who get what many call food stamps, will now have to work if they want to keep the benefit.

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People in Wisconsin receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance will soon see smaller payments. In fact, starting tomorrow – Friday.

The state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau has released a report on the possible impact of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to require food stamp recipients to work.