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FoodShare recipients have to now work 20 hours a week, or get job training

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) -  With state budget signed into law, Wisconsinites on food stamps will either have to work 20-hours-a-week, or get job training.

Senate Republican Glenn Grothman of West Bend calls it one of the best things in the new state budget.

Assembly Democrat Cory Mason of Racine says there are not enough jobs to go around – especially in his home town, which had the state’s highest unemployment rate in May at 11.6 percent.

Mason says Wisconsin is among the worst states for job growth in the Midwest, and he says the state says should try to improve the economy instead kicking people off food assistance.

Grothman said the state had to do something to quote, “make it not so advantageous to adapt the welfare lifestyle.”

He said the numbers of Wisconsinites on food stamps grew from 190,000 13 years ago to 850,000.

Grothman and Mason debated the subject on the statewide TV show “Up-Front with Mike Gousha”.