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State finance panel approves $24M extra for welfare to work program

Unemployment image copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.
Unemployment image copyright Midwest Communications, Inc.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's W-2 welfare to work program will get an extra $24 million to cover much of an expected deficit.  

The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee approved the added funding Tuesday.

It's expected to close the funding gap by the time the current budget period ends in mid-2015.

Enrollments in W-2 have dropped in recent months, but not as much as the Walker administration had predicted.  

Former Governor Tommy Thompson created the W-2 program in the 1990's, as a replacement for outright welfare grants. The vast majority of the program's clients are in Milwaukee County.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)