Benefit Reform Committee Hearing
Last week I testified as the author of
AB 222, a bill that aims to help reduce
fraud in Wisconsin by adding photos to food stamp
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
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
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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
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.
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