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Wis. deadbeat dads behind on child support could have it easier with cut in enforcement funds

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Lawmakers were told Tuesdat that a proposed 25-percent cut in state child support enforcement funds would make life easier for deadbeat parents.

The Joint Finance Committee was considering the funding cut, as part of the next state budget.

Governor Scott Walker said he had no choice, given the fact that child support enforcement funds have dropped at the federal level over the past couple years.

The Wisconsin Child Support Association said counties are having more problems determining who owes child support – and then getting them to pay up.

The group said efficiency levels dropped in the range of 20-percent last year – and because Wisconsin’s enforcement success is not keeping up with other states, about $12-million in federal funds could be in jeopardy.

The head of Milwaukee County’s Child Support Enforcement agency, Jim Sullivan, said that if single-parent families don’t get the support they need from an absent parent, it’s more likely those families will go on welfare.

The federal and state governments provided almost $17-million last year to get deadbeat parents to pay up.

Just three years ago, the federal share alone was over twice that much.

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