Scott Walker implements new FoodShare policies


US Department of Agriculture

FoodShare boxes sorted and ready for buyers looking to improve their healthy eating choices.

Ravina Sachdev, Features Editor

Within the first two months of the year, Wisconsin is already facing major changes in the welfare system which was crafted to accommodate the needs of those who are unemployed. Governor Scott Walker traveled across the state of Wisconsin Jan 23 and announced the new policies to be implemented. Former Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson accompanied Scott Walker in his travels to Milwaukee, Eau Claire, Green Bay, and Madison as they both explained how the new modifications would benefit the lives of around 100,000 families within the state. The current state law requires childless adults to work a certain amount of hours if they are beneficiaries of the FoodShare program. FoodShare Wisconsin is a statewide program that prevents hunger and promotes good health and nutrition by offering aid to people of all ages with low incomes or with disabilities. As a result of meeting that standard, participants receive food stamps from the program. If they do not comply for three months, the benefits are taken away. According to Walker’s new and controversial manifesto, adults with children from ages 6-18 must work to meet the program’s requirements or attend a certain amount of job training seminars. If they do not comply, they face a partial reduction in FoodShare benefits and aid. In addition, Walker is placing similar requirements on those who are receiving housing vouchers from the federal government. Housing vouchers assist low-income families with being able to afford quality and safe housing. The wide range of reactions to these changes have been split directly along the party lines. Democrats have since criticized these new policies, indicating that they would do more harm than good. On the other end, many republicans have shown support Walker in these ambitious endeavors, claiming that it would incentivize people to jump back into the workforce. Although the changes seem drastic, Wisconsinites are hopeful that the promising tone in Gov. Walker’s announcement will have a similar effect in the new policies.