MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on Gov. Scott Walker signing welfare overhaul bills (all times local):
Gov. Scott Walker has signed nine bills into law that limit the state's welfare programs, including increasing the work requirement for food stamp recipients and imposing it on parents for the first time.
The Legislature passed the bills in February with Democrats united against them. Walker championed the new laws he signed Tuesday as the latest examples of Wisconsin leading the nation in changing the state welfare system to put more people back to work.
Walker says the new laws will provide needed training and assistance to help people re-enter the workforce and be independent.
But Democrats and other opponents say the laws will make it more difficult for poor people to get food and rise out of poverty.
Gov. Scott Walker plans to sign nine welfare overhaul bills into law that include increasing the work requirement for food stamp recipients and imposing it on parents for the first time.
Walker planned to sign the bills Tuesday in Wausau, River Falls and Milwaukee.
Republicans were united in support of the bills, saying the changes will help put more people back to work. Democrats were similarly united against them, saying it will make it more difficult for people to get food and rise out of poverty.
The bills would increase from 20 to 30 hours a week the time that able-bodied adults, and now parents of school-aged children, have to be working or in job training to receive food stamps.