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Removing Walker’s Control Benefits Entire State

Posted by Chris Liebenthal on June 30, 2010

A year and a half ago, the State of Wisconsin was forced to take over Milwaukee County’s Income Maintenance Program due to Scott Walker’s inability and/or refusal to manage the program competently.

Since then, the State has made incredible progress in rectifying the short comings of the programs. Among the reasons that helped the State achieve this accomplishment was the fact that they required the County to keep the program fully staffed, as opposed to Walker only filling a tiny fraction of the positions despite the fact that they had been fully funded by the Board.

The entire State benefits from these improvements as well. Due to the increase in accuracy in Milwaukee County, the overall accuracy rating in the State improved as well. This in turn as led the State to receiving commendation from the feds as well as a nice bit of extra cash:

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Vilsack announced that Wisconsin will receive nearly $3 million in bonus payments for having one of the highest FoodShare accuracy rates in the nation and making the most dramatic improvement of any state.

A USDA review found that 98.9% of the benefits issued in Wisconsin were for correct amount and that 95.4% of the individuals deemed eligible by the state were indeed eligible.

Proof positive that Milwaukee County, and the entire state, would be better off without Walker in control.


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