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New measure calls for FoodShare participants to spend time searching, training for job

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - About half of Wisconsin’s able-bodied childless adults would stop getting food stamps, under a proposal in the new state budget.

Republican Governor Scott Walker wants to make almost 63,000 adults spend at least 20 hours a week training or searching for new jobs, in order to keep their Food-Share benefits.

The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau said about half of those affected would drop out of the food stamp program, including 14,000 in Milwaukee alone.

The rest would get tax-funded job training worth up to $100-dollars a month.

The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee is scheduled to take up the idea Tuesday.

The Fiscal Bureau says the total cost of the budget measure would be $36-million over the next two years.

The federal government would pay about that.

Walker says he wants to reform entitlements by making those getting government help try to find jobs.

Democrats say it would create jobs for bureaucrats and social workers – but not the Food-Share recipients themselves.