Thursday, August 27 2015

Public Benefit Reform Committee Hearing

Last week I testified as the author of AB 222, a bill  that aims to help reduce FoodShare fraud in Wisconsin by adding photos to food stamp QUEST cards.


In Wisconsin, recipient fraud amounts to an estimated $14 million, or 1.3 percent of the $1.11 billion the state receives annually. Recognizing the millions of dollars being wasted by recipient fraud each year, this proposal seeks to help deter future fraud and abuse by implementing the photos as an additional security measure.


If passed by the Legislature, Wisconsin's Department of Health Services (DHS) would need to develop an implementation plan for placing photos on QUEST cards. DHS would also need to submit a waiver request to the FNS division of the USDA that would require QUEST card holders to show their photo QUEST card for all purchases.

Should both the waiver request and the implementation plan be approved by the USDA, the proposal then heads to the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee for final approval. Upon receiving JFC approval, photos will then be able to be implemented on QUEST cards.


To watch my testimony on WisconsinEye, click here. To view the transcript of my testimony, click here.


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Upcoming District Events

On August 15, I was pleased to attend Armstrong Apple Orchard and Winery's evening concert featuring the Fab Five. I was also treated to a tour of the winery with owners Jay and Lisa Klein. I had a great time at a great business in Campbellsport. Thank you Jay and Lisa for welcoming me!

Sunday, August 30

55th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair
Wade House, W7965 State Highway 23, Greenbush
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Artisans and craftspeople from Wisconsin and across the Midwest display and sell their wares at one of the most popular and longstanding fairs of its kind in eastern Wisconsin. Admission is $5/person (children under 17 are free). Horse-drawn transportation on the site included in the ticket cost.

Don't see a local event featured here? Please feel free to drop me a line if you know of an upcoming event you would like to see in a future e-update.

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