Assembly OKs bill tying jobs to housing vouchers

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Published: May. 10, 2017 at 8:55 AM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Assembly has passed a Republican proposal that authorizes the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority to get federal approval for a pilot program that requires housing voucher recipients to satisfy certain work requirement.

The measure passed 61-35 Wednesday, with Republicans supporting the measure and Democrats opposing it.

Rep. Terry Katsma, the bill's sponsor, says it would require able-bodied program participants to have a job, be in job training or look for a job with the state's help.

He says the pilot program wouldn't include Milwaukee County and Dane County, where other housing programs already exist.

Democratic Rep. Lisa Subeck says the measure is dangerous and will cause more people to become homeless.

The bill would still need to pass the Senate before it goes to Gov. Walker to become law.

Copyright 2017: Associated Press


MADISON, Wis. (AP) --The sponsor of a Republican bill that would subject more people in state-run work programs to required drug screening says it would help people in Wisconsin with substance abuse problems get help.

Rep. Cody Horlacher said at a news conference with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Wednesday that it would also ensure state resources are used effectively. The Assembly is scheduled to vote on the bill Wednesday.

Horlacher says he doesn't immediately know how many more people would be screened under the bill. Democratic Rep. Lisa Subeck says she believes it would apply to fewer than 10,000 people.

Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says the bill would be a roundabout and expensive way to help people with substance abuse issues.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Democratic lawmakers say a Republican proposal to require drug screening in more state-run work programs sounds good but would be a waste of money.

The Assembly is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill from Rep. Cody Horlacher of Mukwonago. Horlacher has said the measure would help drug addicts get them treatment and protect their children.

But Democratic lawmakers up against record Republican majorities say that's not how it works in practice. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says there are better ways to help people get help and the measure would cost more money than it saves.

Horlacher didn't immediately respond to a message. The measure is one of four GOP proposals up for a vote that would alter requirements for public benefits or programs.

Copyright 2017: Associated Press