Sunday, November 29, 2015

In WI, 15,000 lose food stamps; GOP calls it a win

GOP 'reforms' working as planned by the Wisconsin Legislature's Urban Hostility Caucus and Gov. Walker, says the author of the bill to strip food stamps from some recipients:
Rep. Mark Born (R-Beaver Dam), chairman of the Assembly's committee on public benefit reform, said the changes are working as intended.
The food stamp 'reform' - - along with other new state-imposed restrictions on the amount of food stamp aid Wisconsin will distribute and also on the overall length of program recipient eligibility - - mandates that able-bodied adults without children work a certain number of hours in order to receive the food aid, but as the Journal Sentinel points out, job placements for those potential workers are scarce, the Journal Sentinel reports:
Since the new law took effect, just 7% of recipients in Milwaukee County — where about half of the able-bodied childless adult recipients live — who were referred to the FoodShare Employment and Training program were placed in jobs, the data show.
Meanwhile, another GOP legislator is scheming up a way to impound and even sell poor people's cars, even as transit connections and financing are cut.

And wages in many positions are frozen at the rock-bottom minimum of $7.25/hr., with job growth in the state lagging the national picture, thus Wisconsin is #1 a category no one wants lead: loss of middle-class incomes.

On, Wisconsin, land of compassionate easy scapegoats and hard-hearted conservatives and 

14 comments:

mal said...

Here's another Scott Walker objective achieved:
Pew Report: Wisconsin No. 1 State In Household Income Decline
http://crooksandliars.com/2015/03/pew-report-wisconsin-no-1-state-household

Anonymous said...

For how much longer will Wisconsinites blame themselves for their poverty and hunger? We pay taxes for services, not to line the pockets of corporations who do nothing for us while kicking back bribes to the politicians. This is class warfare and the sooner we start calling it what it is the sooner we can try and reclaim our government.

Bill Sell said...

Where are their parents? Were they raised to starve people?

Jake formerly of the LP said...

No kidding. Instead, far too many working-class white people are more concerned with the handful of "others" who might be using the system, instead of caring about the corporations abusing welfare through the WEDC slush fund.

And here's a hint- the ones holding down your wages aren't the poor welfare recipients, it's the rich ones who put those profits into their pockets. But guess who corporate-paid AM radio demonizes, and guess who gets SUCKERED into voting GÓP as a result

Anonymous said...

James something doesn't make sense with the DHS data. Each month since Walker's plan has been in place between 9,000 -12,000 Food Serve recipients are referred to the FSET state run training and tracking program. Yet each month less than 30% become enrolled. It is hard for me to fathom that 7,000- 8,000 people are choosing to not participate and in so doing losing their benefits for the next 3 years. One has to wonder if the enrollment process is so complex or convoluted or there is a timeline that makes it difficult to get enrolled. Or is perhaps the enrollment process purposely designed to prevent many from becoming enrolled. It is sure suspicious that no matter the number of referrals each month only results in 30% being able to continue to receive their food share benefits. This is going to overwhelm food pantries!

Anonymous said...

James.........is it possible that so many people are not being enrolled in the FSET program is because enrollment must be done on line and fewer of the needy have computer access or even computer skills. Also is it likely that single childless adults between 18-49 are only eligible for small amounts of food stamps and the $35 million cost of the program is not resulting in significant savings to the state but makes for GOP press releases touting the number of people punished and kicked off the Food Share program?

Anonymous said...

Having worked in that area one time, it would be interesting to see what kind of jobs they are put into, how many hours and what pay and benefits they receive. Anything to get them off the rolls and what kind of followup? As usual the right hand of gov't doesn't know what the extreme right hand is doing.

Anonymous said...

Who brags about removing the ability of some poor obtaining food? This is un-American yet some people applaud? There are some in this country who have no idea what it means to be poor and the choices they have to make all the time. None of the ones proud of this action could live in a poor person's shoes one day, but they should be required to.

Anonymous said...

Making you sell your car?? a Draconian practice, punitive as hell, abandoned by all 50 states over 15 years or more ago!!!!

Anonymous said...

These people that you’re asked to aid, why they’re not asking for charity, they are naturally asking for a job, but if you can't give ‘em a job why the next best thing you can do is see that they have food and the necessities of life. You know, there's not a one of us who has anything that these people that are without it now haven't contributed to what we've got. I don't suppose there’s the most unemployed or the hungriest man in America has contributed in one way to the wealth of every millionaire in America. will rogers

Rick Rosio said...

Scott Walkers administration and the Wisconsin legislatures open corruption should be the focus of the US Justice Department.

When a small group of white men institutionalize bigotry and corrupt business practices that sell the state resources to the insider group that have pillaged this once great state it is time to bring in the US Attorney and clean house of the corrupt bigots that now rule over Walkers fiefdom..

The Koch Brothers and the Kolhers have bought the legislature lock stock and beer bottle....

Anonymous said...

The same fraud by Scott Walker is going on with unemployment. They are now harassing people who now do their 4 searches per week and give a 10 page questionairre to try and disqualify people who lost jobs. It is so egregious that as a person impacted by this ploy to keep unemployment artificially low, I am seeking legal remedy. I ask all people who have been denied UI benefits rightfully owed contact legal aid and fight.

Anonymous said...

It disgusts me that a Preacher's son, who references God like he has a direct line to his Holiness is the one man who takes food from the hungry. That man, Scott Walker, is not a man of God. He is a menace to humanity and a detrement to those most vulnerable in our communities.

Anonymous said...

It would be helpful if some real journalists out there would actually talk to some of the people who have been kicked off food stamps because they didn't meet the job requirement.

It sounds so easy to stay in the program -- just look for jobs or enroll in a training program -- but obviously it's not. But we need someone to tell the stories of some of the 15,000 people whose lifeline has been yanked away. Perhaps this would be a good project for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism?