Social Services Category Archive


  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Safety Net & Social Services

    Gov. Scott Walker’s political career has been marked by efforts to dismantle safety net programs or, if not dismantle, run them into the ground.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/10/2015
  • Wisconsin One of Three States to Reject Food-stamp Increase

    “Once again, the people of Wisconsin pay the price for Gov. Walker’s presidential ambitions,” said One Wisconsin Now executive director Scot Ross. “We’re dead last in the Midwest in jobs under Gov....

    Capital Times, 09/17/2014
  • Ryan Says Anti-poverty Programs Damage ‘dignity’ of the Poor

    Rep. Ryan has held a series of in-district town halls but has remained studiously silent on the latest, racist attacks on voting in Wisconsin.

    MSNBC, 03/19/2014
  • Walker Attempt to Privatize Food Stamps and Take Over Medical Assistance From Counties Blocked; Counties Form Consortiums to Meet Demand While Dealing With 16.8% Budget cut

    Here’s the challenge: The state cut funding to operate economic support services by 16.8 percent, while at the same time requiring counties to contribute the same amount to services that they did...

    Janesville Gazette, 12/31/2011
  • Privatization Attempt Halted by Federal Gov’t

    Attempts by the new Republican administration to largely privatize the state’s food assistance program have been all but stopped in their tracks. The controversial plan, first proposed by Gov. Scott Walker in...

    Capital Times, 08/16/2011
  • Walker Eliminated Foodshare Benefits for Qualified Legal Immigrants

    Walker prohibited the Department of Health Services from providing FoodShare benefits to “qualified aliens,” except to the extent that federal supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP) benefits are required by federal government. This...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Signed Measure That Would Allow State to Kick 70,000 Off Health Care Programs

    On May 11, 2011, Walker signed into law reckless health care cutbacks that would allow the state to cut up to 70,000 from Wisconsin health care programs, and could result in deep...

    2011 WI Act 10, 05/11/2011
  • Walker Proposed Substantial Cuts to Bus Routes for Disabled Riders

    “A cut in state funding could lead to large areas of Milwaukee County becoming inaccessible to disabled transit riders, under a provision in County Executive Scott Walker’s 2010 budget…Slicing Transit Plus to...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/19/2009
  • Funds That Could Have Gone to Fraud Prevention Went Unused in Milwaukee County Under Walker

    “Milwaukee County under spent its budget for running the Wisconsin Shares child-care program by more than $4.3 million since 2004 — money that could have gone toward greater fraud prevention, state officials...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/01/2009
  • Walker’s Proposed Cuts for Social Service Programs Called ‘Very Insulting’

    “Cuts proposed for social programs in 2010 stunned and angered Milwaukee County supervisors Wednesday, who said the county’s poorest and most vulnerable residents would bear the brunt. The county’s Health and Human...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/16/2009
  • State Took Over County of Role of Administering Public Assistance Programs Due to Mismanagement

    “The state’s unprecedented move Tuesday to strip Milwaukee County of its role in administering food aid, child care and medical assistance programs was prompted by years of county mismanagement, state Health Services...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 02/04/2009
  • Walker Proposed Budget Which Cut Needle Exchange Program, Said AIDS Prevention Not a ‘Core Function of the County’

    “Plans by Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker to cut $230,000 for AIDS prevention from the budget next yer were blasted Sunday at the 13th annual AIDS Walk Wisconsin….In Milwaukee County, county money...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 09/30/2002