State Policy

States implement federal policy and they have the power to ensure that federal law fits the specific needs of the state.

Administrative or regulatory decisions or proposed legislation in the state house can have positive or negative effects on Wisconsin families who may need emergency food or benefits.

We support, advocate for, and educate elected and administration officials on state policies that:

  • Increase access to fresh, nutritious food for Wisconsin families
  • Ensure a strong, accessible, and effective FoodShare program
  • Improve the health of Wisconsin families

Please sign up to be a Feeding Wisconsin Hunger Fighter to get more information and how you can get involved.  

2017-2018 Special Session on Welfare Reform

In January, Governor Walker called for an immediate concurrent special session on Welfare Reform, and has asked the legislature to consider a package of 10 bills that would increase restrictions to FoodShare, further limit access to Medicaid and SNAP, develop pay for success private contract models and make some improvements to how the Earned Income Tax Credit is distributed. 

The proposals are:

  • Assembly Special Session Bill 1: Increase the FoodShare work requirement hours from 20 hrs/week to 30/hrs per week
  • Assembly Special Session Bill 2: Expand work requirement in FoodShare to all people with or without children children
  • Assembly Special Session Bill 3: Implement an asset test for FoodShare, TANF, and childcare
  • Assembly Special Session Bill 4: Drug testing for housing assistance
  • Assembly Special Session Bill 5: Create a pilot for 100 participants to receive EITC payments monthly rather than at the end of the year
  • Assembly Special Session Bill 6: Pay for performance for job training contractors for FoodShare and TANF
  • Assembly Special Session Bill 7: Start a $20 million pay for success trust fund
  • Assembly Special Session Bill 8: Enforce childcare compliance for participation in Medicaid
  • Assembly Special Session Bill 9: Create Health Savings Accounts for people on Medicaid
  • Assembly Special Session Bill 10: Implement photo ID for FoodShare cards

For additional information, please download our brief and positions on these bills.

We believe that a good job with healthcare and housing are the best hunger-fighting tools and broadly share the Governor’s goals of fighting hunger by increasing employment and access to training.

However, we believe that mandating overly broad, one-size fits all requirements do not address the real challenges that many of our clients face when trying to engage with the labor and training market, such as access to affordable, quality childcare and transportation.

We would support fine-tuning existing employment and training programs to better assess, understand, and address the barriers that FoodShare participants face in obtaining available jobs or enrolling in training programs. This would be a far more effective use of vital taxpayer dollars. 

We are proud to have joined with 64 other social service and advocacy organizations in Wisconsin on this joint statement calling for the legislature to slow down its process in order to get these important bills right. 

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Current Positions on State Legislation

Support

  • AB 501/SB 416: FoodShare Incentives for Healthy Eating
  • AB 577/SB 487: Harvest for Hope Grants
  • Special Session Assembly Bill 5: A Pilot for Monthly EITC Payments
  • Special Session Assembly Bill 7: Social Impact Bonds

Monitor

  • Special Session Assembly Bill 6: Pay for Success Contracting
  • Special Session Bill 9: Create Health Savings Accounts for people on Medicaid

Oppose

  • Special Session Bill 1: Increase the FoodShare work requirement hours from 20 hrs/week to 30/hrs per week
  • Special Session Bill 2: Expand work requirement in FoodShare to all people with or without children children
  • Special Session Bill 3: Implement an asset test for FoodShare, TANF, and childcare
  • Special Session Bill 8: Enforce childcare compliance for participation in Medicaid
  • Special Session Bill 10: Implement photo ID for FoodShare cards