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 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.