“A lot of people, an awful lot of people who are on FoodShare [food stamps] are also on BadgerCare [Medicare], 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) told the Associated Press.
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel went bonkers in "reporting" this story.
From the newspaper:
A GOP plan to limit how food stamps can be used to encourage people to eat more healthy options would cost millions of dollars — a hit to taxpayers that will make it tougher to pass the measure.
Details on the cost of the proposal were released Wednesday, the same day lawmakers learned they would not draw any more money over the next two years than earlier projections had shown. Republicans who control the Legislature were hoping for additional money to flow into the state so they could bring down cuts GOP Gov. Scott Walker has proposed for public schools and the University of Wisconsin System.
With no new money available, Republicans would have to eventually cut other programs or raise taxes to pay for their bill.
The bill would bar people from buying crab, lobster or other shellfish using food stamps and would require that two-thirds of their food stamp allocation go toward beef, pork, poultry, produce, potatoes, dairy products or food available under the Women, Infants and Children nutrition program.No attribution.
This is advocacy journalism.