COPY-Food-stamp cuts to affect 900,000 Wis. residents
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Nearly 900,000 Wisconsin residents are seeing cuts to their food-stamp benefits, now that a temporary boost that was part of the 2009 federal stimulus law has expired.
A Wisconsin State Journal report (http://bit.ly/1b2ZymY ) says the cuts to FoodShare will total $89 million in Wisconsin between last Friday and Sept. 30. The left-leaning think tank Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says an average household of four will see a $36 cut per month, from $668 to $632.
A report from the Wisconsin Budget Project says most of the people affected will be young people, including about 452,000 children - about one in three Wisconsin children. The report says the hardest-hit areas will be Milwaukee County and several rural northern counties where a majority of kids received food stamps last year.
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