Approved: Assembly passes bill that would limit what food stamp recipients can purchase

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MADISON (AP) — The state Assembly has passed bill to limit the types of food that food stamp users could buy, including how much of their allotment can be spent on junk food.

The Assembly passed the Republican-sponsored measure on a 60-35 vote Wednesday.

The bill would require food stamp recipients to use at least two-thirds of their monthly benefits to purchase nutritional foods such as beef, chicken and produce.

Republican supporters say they want to prevent people on taxpayer-funded public assistance from spending their money on junk food.

"A lot of people, an awful lot of people who are on FoodShare are also on BadgerCare, so there is a direct financial benefit not just to the individual, which of course is obvious to have better health, but also to state taxpayers and society as a whole," Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester) said.

Users would also be barred from buying crab, lobster, shrimp and other shellfish.

The change would require a federal waiver, which no state has ever received.

The Assembly passed a similar bill last session but it never got a vote in the Senate.


  • Alice

    I already came from that situation, hopefully, never to return! Will power and ambition would go a long way to help others to do the same.

  • Celena McDonnell

    Have you seen the price on peanut butter? The economy size (you get more per unit) is half of her $16. If they are going to limit recipients, they need to revamp food prices. However, I don’t think this will get past the Senate. Again.

  • ErinN

    Yeah you Nee a social Security number to get food stamps……. What do you think those Anchor babies are? That’s how the Illegals are doing it they come over have their baby here and now they can file for benefits for/because of their kids.

  • Crystaline

    After 2 months wouldn’t it make more sense to have found a new job instead of relying on government benefits? Even working in retail or fast food full time would make more than the $600/month you’re living on now. Auto retail stores, bank tellers require no schooling, car dealership front desk, etc. Jobs are out there…go online and there are hundreds of postings.

  • Tinni

    Funny how you say stupid but have no clue what your talking about! Hey stupid! Illegals have fake ss cards and DO get it! Know what your talking about before speaking!

  • Scott Groth

    For your information, I know the well! I’ve been disabled since 2001 when I woke up from a coma, basically paralyzed from the neck down, and had to be hospitalized for almost a year undergoing intense therapy learning to use my arms and legs all over again. It’s called critical care neuropathy, I still don’t have (and never will) full function of my feet and lower legs. Also, I have known and been friends with several illegal aliens, and I’ve seen first hand what benefits they’ve received.

  • Karon

    You can also slice thin and make microwave potato chips. Slice thin, if taters are extra starchy, soak and rinse in cold water till water is clear. Pat dry. Spread out on paper towel lined plate (no touching) sprinkle with olive oil and salt or seasoning of your choice. Nuke 3 min @ 100% then 3 min @ 50%.

  • gina combs

    I disagree with no being able to purchase fish. It is a much better protein source than beef or pork. I recently, for the first time in my 55 years, am on assistance from the government until I can find another full time job. The volunteer POC firefighting and EMT in my town only makes me $30 to $60 a week. The assistance I am referring to is the food card in Wisconsin. I personally buy all healthy food with an occasional soda & maybe some gummin bears once a month. What I think in horrendous is that you can also purchase with this card. Energy drinks, soda, candy, coffee, donuts, etc. I would like to know what nutritional value energy drinks have or any of those items listed. I am sure some people would have a fit without their coffee but the card is meant to supplement your food budget. Coffee has no nutritional value that I am aware of. I do eat better on the food card, buying things I normally cannot afford. I buy all fresh vegetables and fruit instead of canned. Low carb wheat wraps and meat that I would just usually cut out completely from my diet. Without knowing exactly what the bill says I can’t say I want it to pass but I really think any kind of fish is a benefit to add to the diet.

  • Thomas Noll

    Anyone who thinks they are allowed to buy junk food, but not buy Diapers, for example, is a very myopic fool. Look at the history of this legislation and you will see JUNK FOOD MANUFACTURERS were behind the idea of them being allowed these purchases, as they are a huge revenue source for them. Look it up. It was through heavy lobbying (AKA bribery of officials) that this was allowed to begin with. All your racist rants expose your idiocy to the topic at hand.

  • Notaxmoney

    Why moderate a non sarcastic viewpoint? If you earn the money you can decide what you can buy if you don’t earn the money then it should come with some restrictions

    • beavis and butthead

      what the hec, it’s just the poor. Kick em in the ribs again, they’re use to it (sarcasm)!

    • Schmendrick

      I probably donated more money to good causes last year than you made, but feel free to make your sniveling comments from the safety of anonymity.

    • Alex

      Its not just junk food. Candy, cookies, chips, ok. But POTATOES, RICE, CANNED BEANS, KETCHUP, AND SPICES? What’s the purpose for those items?

    • Kaiser Vadin

      Yeah i am going to cry that i can’t buy junk food … they didn’t ban cake mixes though and people on SSI etc can still use that money to buy lobster <_<

  • Joe

    The Federal Government has to OK this ! They will Never OK it ! ,Other States have tried and never got approved !

  • Troy

    Thats like telling a war vet two-thirds of his money he recieves has to go on his rent… Or saying that two thirds of the money tax payers pay to the government should go towards schools or expantion only… Not there still gonna give majority to the cops killin us and the government officials who vote at these bias polls….

  • Joan

    For the most part the people that are on assistance DO NOT take advantage of the system.. The number of people that do take advantage of it is actually very small. Most of the people that are on Food share, Badger Care are people that have lost their jobs and are just trying to feed and house themselves and their families. And yes there are a lot of jobs out there, but there is twice as many people looking for those jobs as there are jobs. I do not agree with using the Food Share benefits for junk food for the most part. But to tell someone that has lost their job and has worked more than not that they can’t buy something they want is just wrong!!! I have been in that situation before and I see nothing wrong with buying a bag of chips or some ice cream, (or even shrimp) you can find sales on all these items if you look. I wish people would quit saying “These poor people that are spending my money on junk food is wrong!!” Well, to those people I say, “Screw you!!!! I have worked all my life and paid taxes and if I fall on hard times and need a little help to get back on my feet I deserve it!!!!!!

  • C_Dickens

    The evening arrived; the boys took their places. The master, in his cook’s uniform, stationed himself at the copper; his pauper assistants ranged themselves behind him; the gruel was served out; and a long
    grace was said over the short commons. The gruel disappeared; the boys whispered each other, and winked at Oliver; while his next neighbors nudged him. Child as he was, he was desperate with hunger, and reckless with misery. He rose from the table; and advancing to the master, basin and spoon in hand, said: somewhat alarmed at his own temerity:

    ‘Please, sir, I want some more.’

    The master was a fat, healthy man; but he turned very pale. He gazed in stupefied astonishment on the small rebel for some seconds, and then clung for support to the copper. The assistants were paralysed with wonder; the boys with fear.

    ‘What!’ said the master at length, in a faint voice.

    ‘Please, sir,’ replied Oliver, ‘I want some more.’

    The master aimed a blow at Oliver’s head with the ladle; pinioned him in his arm; and shrieked aloud for the beadle.

    The board were sitting in solemn conclave, when Mr. Bumble rushed into the room in great excitement, and addressing the gentleman in the high chair, said,

    ‘Mr. Limbkins, I beg your pardon, sir! Oliver Twist has asked for more!’

    There was a general start. Horror was depicted on every countenance.

    ‘For _more_!’ said Mr. Limbkins. ‘Compose yourself, Bumble, and answer me distinctly. Do I understand that he asked for more, after he had eaten the supper allotted by the dietary?’

    ‘He did, sir,’ replied Bumble.

    ‘That boy will be hung,’ said the gentleman in the white waistcoat. ‘I know that boy will be hung.’

  • Karen Beyer

    I have been looking up alot of things when it comes to this stupid bill you wont be able to by canned fruit or vegis which for budget reasons is great because i am a mother who is on foodshare and i dont worrie about junk food that much when it comes to my shopping i actually worrie about my meals and with a family of 5 i have to budget what i get and that is buying caned pasta sauce pickles canned vegis and canned fruit and other quick boxed meals and frozen meals other wise my family wouldnt be able to eat for the whole month and isnt fish ans seafood one of the best protiens out there really come on and it is saying we wont be able to buy organic i have tried to buy organic and i cant it wont let me i havee to pay cash for it i thinks that soo wrong its healthy.I can see removing soda and candy and chips and stuff of that nature but stuff for meals come on. if i have a long list of stuff that i buy now for meals that i wont be able to if this passes i wont be able to bugdet my stuff right and feed my family the whole month my husband works and pays taxes and im disabled but all that money goes to bills and gas in our car to get the kids to appointments and school and to keep a roof over our heads. but now they are telling me im gonna be struggling to feed my family now even more than before when they keep sending money over to third world countries and trying to starve our children did you know its not really in what we buy that makes people obese it is how it is prepared and how much of it we eat. who give you the right to tell me what i can eat and what i cant off these food stamps when my husband contributes to it. and if people wantto be over weight thats their problem not yours to play GOD.I am over weight but not because i eat junk food or unhealty cooked food because I dont do either unfortunalty my motabilisum is way low did you ever think of tha, that some peopel can eat as healy as possible and still be over weight according to the nutrition guidlines any one that is 40 pounds or more over their”ideal weight is considered obese” and i can almost guess that 10 out 20 has motabilisum problems not eating problems. so i guess you should do me research in your everyday people on the streets not whats on those so called statistics papers you keep looking people with motabilisum problems build their motabilisum up not take way alot of stuff that is healthy.

    • Karrie Holderness

      Yeh and no because making your own would be a healthier alternative and be way more cost efficient

  • Karrie Holderness

    It’s good that you have to take nutritional programs before they are allowed to even use food stamps there’s no reason you need to be buying soda or junkfood if you don’t have enough money to pay for your own groceries you should be grateful to be getting food stamps and you have a means to buy groceries! So stop wasting it on junk food and soda

    • Karrie Holderness

      Correction: you should have to take a nutritional program course before being approved for food stamps!

  • todd morris

    The tax payers are very jealous of people on food stamps.The have nots hate the haves.These same people would not care if you live or die.These are inhuman devils from hell.They scheme everyday to hurt the poor.These people are evil and should not be heard by the government.These people would laugh at you when your down and envy you when your up.In Gods world he does not complain about the poor for having something even if they didn’t earn it.

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