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Panel passes Wis. food stamp work requirement

Published On: May 21 2013 07:14:40 PM CDT

MADISON, Wis. -

The Legislature's budget committee has approved Gov. Scott Walker's proposal requiring that able-bodied adults on Wisconsin's food stamps program spend at least 20 hours a week working or getting trained for a job.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee voted along party lines Tuesday to approve the plan over objections from Democrats.

Those who don't meet the requirement would be limited to three months of benefits over three years. It is estimated that half of the childless adults subject to the work requirement would not meet it.

That would result in 31,300 losing benefits.

Democrats attacked the measure as a mean-spirited move that would hurt poor people.

But Republican backers say it will help people become self-sufficient.

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