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Lucas Daprile
By Lucas Daprile August 14, 2015
Tom Kertscher
By Tom Kertscher August 14, 2015

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While running for re-election in 2014, Gov. Scott Walker said he would require working-age adults who don't have minor children living with them to work, or get employment training, in order to receive food stamps or unemployment benefits.

Walker and the Legislature had put that requirement in place in 2013 for food stamps. Under the law, FoodShare participants have to work or do at least 20 hours a week of job training or work searches to keep receiving benefits. The requirement took effect in April 2015.

A month earlier, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported on estimates made by the state Legislative Fiscal Bureau. Some 16,500 FoodShare recipients were to have to undergo job training to receive their benefits in 2014, and some 144,000 people by 2017, the bureau estimated. The cost to state taxpayers was put at $18 million over the two years.

Those seeking unemployment benefits need to prove to the state they are actively seeking employment. This is a federal requirement.

In Wisconsin, enrolling in a state-approved employment training program essentially counts as an active search for employment. The law allowing this was passed while Walker was in office, in March 2014, which went into effect June 1, 2015.

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