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State officials hope cash incentives reduces W-2 program rolls

Unemployment graphic (Reuters)
Unemployment graphic (Reuters)

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - State officials hope to reduce the numbers of people in the W-2 Welfare to Work program, by offering cash incentives.

About 15,000 people, mostly from Milwaukee County, are in the program which has been around since the 1990’s.

Recipients must get job training and look for work in order to get cash benefits. They also get other benefits like child care.

Now, the Wisconsin State Journal says officials are trying new cash incentives to reduce the W-2 rolls. There’s an initial payment for those who stay on a job for 31 days – and a second payment for those on the job for four months.

There also cash incentives to strive for promotions and higher paying jobs, with a goal to having more recipients not needing the welfare anymore.

Among other things, officials hope to avoid cases in which people take jobs, get payments, and then quit work a few days later.