Vukmir Votes for Welfare Reform Package

MADISON, Wis. — State Sen. Leah Vukmir, R–Brookfield, joined her colleagues in the Wisconsin State Senate in voting for bold welfare reforms on Tuesday.

“The important changes we passed today will encourage personal responsibility, accountability, and help prevent fraud and abuse of taxpayer dollars,” Vukmir said. “We are working to ensure that those who are most needy are given a hand up toward independence rather than a handout.”

The bills were passed as part of the special session Gov. Scott Walker called on welfare reform. Wisconsin has been a national leader for welfare reform since Gov. Tommy Thompson signed his Wisconsin Works program into law in 1995.

Key components include adding a work requirement for able-bodied FoodShare participants and providing hands-on training for employment and job-search help, identifying and assisting those on public benefits who suffer with substance abuse, opening health savings accounts for people on Medicaid, and requiring those on public assistance to stay current on child support payments.

“We want to make sure people have the tools to turn difficult situations into prosperous ones,” Vukmir said.