Wisconsin Welfare Study

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A new study of Wisconsin's welfare-to-work program found minority recipients were more often punished for not completing required work activities than white participants were.

The study was released today by the Institute for Wisconsin's Future and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's Center for Economic Development.

It found blacks in the Wisconsin Works, or W-2, program were about 75 percent more likely than whites to be sanctioned, and Hispanic participants were almost twice as likely that whites to have benefits reduced.

The state Department of Workforce Development did not immediately return calls from The Associated Press seeking comment on that report.

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