WI State Ass. passes junk food, drug testing bills

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Wisconsin Assembly passes junk food, drug testing bills | FOX 11 Online | WLUK-TV

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – Public aid recipients in Wisconsin would be limited in how much junk food they could buy and forced to undergo screenings for illegal drug use under bills passed Wednesday by the state Assembly.

The Republican-sponsored measures face an uncertain future, however. They still must pass the Senate, which last session refused to take up the junk food bill. Also, it would take hard-to-get federal waivers to enact the junk food restriction and drug tests for food stamp recipients.


There are also concerns about whether the state would allocate enough money to pay for the drug tests or the grocery store software needed to track food purchases.


Still, Republican supporters pushed forward Wednesday, saying they wanted to make sure that beneficiaries of public programs are eating healthy food and not doing drugs, making them more employable.


“With help from the government comes responsibility,” said Assembly Speaker Robin Vos in a news conference prior to debate.


Under the junk food bill, food stamp recipients would have to use at least two-thirds of their monthly benefits to purchase nutritional foods such as beef, chicken, pork, potatoes, dairy products, fresh produce and food available under the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program. Users would be barred from buying crab, lobster, shrimp and other shellfish.


Democrats and other opponents – including a coalition of businesses that worry the limitations would be bad for Wisconsin food products – have argued that the measure was an overreach.


Grocery stores have also balked at the proposal because new software would have to be installed to track spending by food stamp users, which is estimated to cost as much as $55 million.
Do what you have to do, but you're wasting taxpayer money (not that y'all give a shit). Not likely to get federal waiver, and that $55 million is going to piss off a LOT of stores. Wonder if they'll stop taking food stamps rather than spend that money.

Gosh, Wisconsin is such a fun neighbor.
 
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Scott Walker issues 57 vetoes, signs $68 billion Wisconsin budget

Walker also vetoed a budget provision that would have provided $3.5 million over the next two years to communities statewide for demolishing foreclosed homes. Milwaukee would have gotten most of that money because it has the largest inventory of homes that need to be razed immediately.

A city database indicates there are more than 800 bank-foreclosed homes in Milwaukee and an estimated 950 city-owned, tax-foreclosed properties. By the end of the year, officials estimate the city may have to take on hundreds more tax-foreclosed homes.

Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett wondered Sunday whether Walker realized there was a foreclosure crisis in Milwaukee.

"The governor has never addressed this issue in a serious manner," Barrett said. "He has decided it doesn't exist."

Barrett said he was surprised by the veto, noting that the money amounted to a fraction of the $25 million that was awarded to Wisconsin more than a year ago from a national foreclosure settlement. Barrett said much of that money ended up in state coffers rather than state cities wrestling with foreclosed homes.

"He says he wants to transform Milwaukee," Barrett said of Walker. "I don't know what he wants to transform Milwaukee into. It's a tough day for the city."

Both Richards and Darling expected separate legislation on the issue, with Darling saying that Barrett has "legitimate concerns."
$25,000,000 went where now??
 
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Republicans are being so embarrassingly stupid.

They're not even playing checkers. They're playing tic-tac-toe.
 
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Wisconsin Assembly passes junk food, drug testing bills | FOX 11 Online | WLUK-TV




Do what you have to do, but you're wasting taxpayer money (not that y'all give a shit). Not likely to get federal waiver, and that $55 million is going to piss off a LOT of stores. Wonder if they'll stop taking food stamps rather than spend that money.

Gosh, Wisconsin is such a fun neighbor.
There are people that would PAY to punish the poor, make them suffer....many people still view it as a character issue and view them as criminals who deserve punishment and degradation.
 
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There are people that would PAY to punish the poor, make them suffer....many people still view it as a character issue and view them as criminals who deserve punishment and degradation.
But of course the minute Obama calls out FOX on that very point, every righty on the board started screaming bloody murder. It was a good time. :)
 
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