Nearly 15,000 Wisconsin residents have lost their food stamp benefits because they refused to seek out employment, according to reports Sunday.
The new work requirements went into full effect back in April, and residents had until July to comply. Under the new FoodShare Employment and Training (FSET) qualifications, recipients are required to work or be actively seeking employment. In the first three months, 15,000 recipients were dropped from the program, reports the Wisconsin State Journal.
“The FSET program was created to help guide able-bodied adults back into the workforce, or put them on the path to gainful employment while remaining on FoodShare,” Republican state Rep. Mark Born said in a statement, according to Right Wisconsin. “So far we have seen thousands of individuals follow the FSET program and secure employment as a result. It is important we continue to enact reforms and transition people from reliance on government to independence.”
The new rules requires able-bodied adults without children to work at least 80 hours a month or be actively seeking employment. The figures were released by the state Department of Health Services in response to an open records request.