Safety Net Category Archive


  • Dan Kelly’s Extremism: Social Security Edition

    Dan Kelly compared funding for Social Security to slavery in a blog post he tried to scrub from the internet and hide from public view.

    One Wisconsin Now, 12/18/2019
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Signs New Limits on Welfare Programs Into law

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday signed new limits on welfare programs into law, committing state and federal taxpayers to nearly $80 million in spending to draw more people into the labor...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/10/2018
  • Wisconsin Legislature Passes Bulk of Walker Welfare Overhaul

    The bulk of Gov. Scott Walker’s welfare overhaul package, including increasing work requirements for food stamp recipients and imposing them on parents for the first time, won final legislative approval on Tuesday.

    Associated Press, 02/21/2018
  • Assembly Committee Votes on Gov. Scott Walker’s Election Year Special Session Bills

    An Assembly Committee met to vote on a series of hastily drafted bills that are the subject of a politically motivated session called by Gov. Scott Walker.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/06/2018
  • Will Gov. Scott Walker Apply His Proposed Drug Testing for Public Housing to Himself and His Family?

    If he thinks people who get public housing need to be drug tested, Scott Walker and adults living with him in the mansion ought to be at the front of the line.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/02/2018
  • Walker’s Welfare Overhaul Bills Cost More Than $90 Million

    Bills to toughen Wisconsin’s welfare requirements offered by Gov. Scott Walker are estimated to cost more than $90 million a year. The proposals include increasing work requirements for able-bodied adults on food...

    Associated Press, 02/02/2018
  • Drafting Records Show Welfare Bills Were ‘Ultrarush’ Job As Special Election Went South for Scott Walker Republicans

    The legislature is holding a public hearing on the hastily drafted bills that are the subject of a politically motivated special session called by Scott Walker.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/31/2018
  • Fresh Off Stunning Electoral Defeat, Gov. Scott Walker to Call Special Session on Dog Whistle Attacks on Poor and People of Color

    Wisconsin Republicans led by Gov. Scott Walker announced a special session of the legislature devoted to renewed attacks on families struggling to get by.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/18/2018
  • Walker Proposes Tough Wisconsin Welfare Overhaul Package

    Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday called on the Wisconsin Legislature to pass a sweeping welfare overhaul package with some of the toughest requirements in the country, including forcing parents on food stamps...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/12/2018
  • Tens of Thousands of Needy but Able-bodied Adults in Wisconsin Could Have to Work to Qualify for State

    Health coverage under a plan from Gov. Scott Walker that has won support from President Donald Trump’s administration…Walker and his fellow GOP governors in nine other states have sought to impose work...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/12/2018
  • Rep. Adam Jarchow’s Allies Promote Poor Shaming While Candidate for State Senate Seeks to Feather His Own Nest

    While Adam Jarchow seeks to feather his own nest in the legislature, his right-wing allies are doing the dirty work of attacking his opponent.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/03/2018
  • Gov. Scott Walker Defense of Taking Donation From Marijuana Industry Advocates While Calling For More Drug Testing: $25,000 Check Too Small to Influence Him

    Scott Walker is trying to tell us he’s not a hypocrite for taking money from marijuana advocates at the same time he’s pushing drug testing people.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/21/2017
  • Wisconsin Governor Accepts Pro-Weed Donations, Yet Pushes for Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

    According to One Wisconsin Now, Walker’s policy represents exactly the kind of political hypocrisy that has kept cannabis illegal for so many decades.

    Merry Jane, 07/20/2017
  • Walker Defends Accepting Pro-Marijuana Organization’s Donation To GOP Governors Group

    Mike Browne, the group’s deputy director, questioned why Walker would accept a donation from the pro-pot group.

    Wisconsin Public Radio, 07/20/2017
  • Walker Called ‘Hypocrite’ For Accepting Marijuana Money

    One Wisconsin Now called out the donation as hypocritical, citing Walker’s continued push for more drug testing for public benefits recipients.

    Door County Pulse, 07/20/2017
  • Call Out Scott Walker On His Hypocrisy

    Taking campaign cash from a group that supports marijuana use at the same time as working to take services away from people if they use it is just wrong.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/19/2017
  • Wisconsinites Cry Foul: Walker Took NCIA Donation While Lobbying for Medicaid Drug Tests

    One Wisconsin Now revealed the RGA accepted a donation from a cannabis trade group as Walker was lobbying to drug test the state’s Medicaid applicants.

    Marijuana Industry News, 07/19/2017
  • Republican Governors Accepted Funds From Pro-pot Group As Scott Walker Pushed Drug Testing

    The donation came on February 7, according to federal campaign finance reports from the RGA, and was publicized Tuesday by One Wisconsin Now.

    Capital Times, 07/18/2017
  • Gov. Scott Walker on Drugs

    Scott Walker, as head of the Republican Governor’s Association, accepted a major contribution from a marijuana industry trade group.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/18/2017
  • Governor Walker Called Hypocrite for Drug Testing of Welfare Recipients While Taking Donation From Cannabis Organization

    "Scott Walker wants to drug test poor people simply because they're poor," said Ross. "While he takes money from the drug trade association."

    WDJT-TV, 07/18/2017
  • Democrats Say Gov. Scott Walker Accepted Donation From Marijuana Trade Group

    One Wisconsin Now said at a press conference that Walker, as chair of the RGA, received $25,000 from the National Cannabis Industry Association in February.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/18/2017
  • Democrats Flag Walker for ‘hypocrisy’ on Drug Testing Issue

    A charge of hypocrisy has been leveled by Wisconsin Democrats, over Governor Scott Walker‘s plans to drug test public assistance recipients.

    Wisconsin Radio Network, 07/18/2017
  • Gov. Walker Accepts Donation From National Cannabis Industry Association As Head of Republican Governor’s Association

    On Tuesday, liberal group One Wisconsin Now, Sen. LaTonya Johnson (D-Milwaukee) and Rep. Jimmy Anderson (D-Monona) say Walker's plan makes him "a hypocrite."

    WKOW-TV, 07/18/2017
  • Republican Governors Accepted Funds From Pro-pot Group As Scott Walker Pushed Drug Testing

    The donation came on February 7, according to federal campaign finance reports from the Republican Governor’s Association, and was publicized Tuesday by One Wisconsin Now.

    Capital Times, 07/18/2017
  • Dems Blast Walker As ‘Hypocrite’ For Accepting Marijuana Industry Donation

    On Tuesday, liberal group One Wisconsin Now called out the donation hypocritical, citing Walker’s continued push for more drug testing for public benefits recipients.

    Wisconsin Public Radio, 07/18/2017
  • Gov. Walker Visits Sevastopol Schools

    A project created by a team of six elementary school students was in the spotlight Tuesday morning when Gov. Scott Walker visited the Sevastopol School District to honor Sharing is Caring. The...

    Green Bay Press-Gazette, 05/30/2017
  • State Budget Panel Green Lights Scott Walker’s Plan to Drug Test Medicaid, Food Stamp Recipients

    The state Legislature’s budget-writing committee voted on Thursday to require some Wisconsin residents using food stamps and receiving public health care to be tested for drug use and to meet work requirements...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 05/26/2017
  • At Trump’s Urging, States Try to Tilt Medicaid in Conservative Directions

    Wisconsin is preparing to recast its Medicaid program in ways that no state has ever done, requiring low-income adults to undergo drug screening to qualify for health coverage and setting time limits...

    Washington Post, 05/25/2017
  • Wisconsin Plan to Be First State to Drug Test Medicaid Applicants Wins Committee Approval

    Gov. Scott Walker wants to make Wisconsin the first state in the country to require able-bodied, childless adults applying for Medicaid health benefits to undergo drug screening, a move that could serve...

    Chicago Tribune, 05/25/2017
  • JFC Republicans to Help Gov. Scott Walker to Criminalize Poverty

    “Anyone supporting Gov. Scott Walker’s drug testing scheme ought to be at the front of the line to get drug tested themselves.”

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/23/2017
  • Scott Walker’s Insulting and Degrading Attack on the Poor

    Wisconsin’s Republican governor, Scott Walker, believes that citizens of his state who use public services should have to submit to drug testing. And anyone who refuses to be tested should be turned...

    Progressive, 05/19/2017
  • Cook County Sheriff Blasts Wisconsin Over Foster Child

    An Illinois sheriff blasted Wisconsin officials Monday for not picking up a runaway Dane County foster child arrested in Chicago. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Sheriff Thomas Dart of Illinois’ Cook...

    Rock River Times, 05/08/2017
  • Critics: Scott Walker’s Plan to Drug Test Medicaid Applicants Would Backfire

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is proposing changes to the state’s Medicaid program, also known as BadgerCare, that would would require drug testing and treatment for some applicants. An official in the Walker...

    Capital Times, 04/17/2017
  • Walker’s Welfare Reform Makes Wisconsin Model for the Nation

    Wisconsin’s motto is “forward.” So it is no surprise that the Badger State is, once again, leading the way with some of the most bold welfare reforms in country. Governed by a...

    The Hill, 04/05/2017
  • Want Medicaid Coverage? A Drug Test Should Come First, Wisconsin Governor Says

    Now that House Republicans have squandered their shot at reordering Medicaid, governors who want conservative changes in the health program for ­low-income Americans must get special permission from the Trump administration. Near...

    Washington Post, 04/02/2017
  • Walker Reverses Course With Budget Plan for More Drug Treatment, Early Release for Selected Inmates

    Hundreds more prisoners could get treatment for drug abuse and an early release from prison if successful, under Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill. The proposal applies only to those who have been...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/27/2017
  • Praise From Industry for Gov. Walker’s Proposed Increase in Nursing Home Reimbursement Rates

    After several years without any substantive increases in the reimbursement rate, Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed 2017-19 state budget offers a glimmer of hope for a struggling industry. The budget calls for a...

    Eau Claire Leader-Telegram, 02/25/2017
  • Homeless Advocates Praise Gov. Walker Budget Proposals

    Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget offers a series of initiatives to address homelessness in the state, with advocates applauding the moves and calling on the state to do more.Among other things, the...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/09/2017
  • Gov. Walker to Provide Funding to Eliminate Wait Lists for Child Long Term Care Services

    A bright budget outlook could mean millions of more dollars sent from the state to county governments to provide child welfare services and to fix their roads, Gov. Scott Walker told county...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/08/2017
  • Gov. Walker to Propose New Work Requirements for Food Assistance in Budget

    A proposed work requirement for parents on food stamps would affect nearly 100,000 recipients, new data show. Gov. Scott Walker will propose in his 2017-19 state budget, set to be released on...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/07/2017
  • Scott Walker Proposes Increasing Tax Credit for Working Poor With 1 Child

    Jenni Dye said there are other strategies for preventing premarital pregnancy that Walker has opposed, such as providing contraception and reproductive health services to low-income women.

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/02/2017
  • Scott Walker: Parents Should Work 80 Hours Per Month to Get Food Stamps

    Gov. Scott Walker wants parents who receive food stamps to work at least 80 hours per month to continue to receive full benefits.Walker made the announcement Monday in appearances around the state...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/24/2017
  • 21K Employed Through FoodShare Jobs Program, 64K Lost Benefits

    About 21,000 Wisconsin residents using food stamps have gained employment through a state program designed to connect recipients with jobs, Gov. Scott Walker announced during his annual State of the State address...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/11/2017
  • Sen. Ron Johnson Has Another Awkward Campaign Moment

    Ron Johnson is suggesting that poor single moms take jobs in the day care centers watching their children, a practice Wisconsin restricted seven years ago.

    Associated Press, 09/01/2016
  • Participation in FoodShare Falls More Than 120,000 in 2 Years

    More than 120,000 fewer Wisconsin residents are using food stamps than two years ago, and up to $197 million less will be spent on food stamps this year than what was spent...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 08/15/2016
  • Walker Approves Rule Implementing Unemployment Drug Tests

    Gov. Scott Walker has approved a rule implementing drug screening requirements for unemployment benefits. The rule implements provisions in the state budget. Under the rule, those who fail an employer drug test...

    WMTV-TV, 05/04/2016
  • 41,000 Booted Off Wisconsin FoodShare, 12,000 Find Jobs in First Year of Work Requirement

    Taxpayers have spent $60 million on new work requirements that have kicked three times as many Wisconsinites off of food benefits than those who found jobs. One year after the state began...

    WITI-TV, 04/20/2016
  • Drug Testing of Welfare Recipients Begins

    In May of this year, Governor Scott Walker proposed a bill requiring that anyone applying for public assistance be required to complete a screening questionnaire for illegal drug use. Those deemed at...

    TheClarion, 12/10/2015