Lisa Subeck
Press Release

Requiring Photo ID for FoodShare Will Burden Hardworking Families, Seniors and Disabled

“Republicans are again working to score political points with the most extreme right wing interests at the expense of our communities’ most vulnerable residents.”

By - Aug 18th, 2015 02:32 pm

MADISON –Representative Lisa Subeck (D-Madison) released the following statement denouncing AB 222, a Republican proposal that would make it harder for Wisconsin’s most vulnerable individuals and families to access FoodShare assistance and that would cost the state millions to implement.

“Republicans are again working to score political points with the most extreme right wing interests at the expense of our communities’ most vulnerable residents. AB 222 would add new barriers for FoodShare participants, making it harder for senior citizens, individuals with disabilities, and hard working families to put food on their tables. And this comes at the expense of millions taxpayer dollars.

This change would have serious disproportionate impact on the elderly and people with disabilities, who rely on others to assist them with purchasing food using their FoodShare cards. If this bill becomes law, these elderly and disabled individuals would be forced to find independent means and transportation to get themselves to the grocery store or go without adequate food to meet their nutritional needs.

It is a shame that Republicans are willing to waste taxpayer dollars to create a system that will do nothing more than burden our state’s most vulnerable and needy residents.”

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7 thoughts on “Requiring Photo ID for FoodShare Will Burden Hardworking Families, Seniors and Disabled”

  1. AG says:

    No one else is supposed to use a person’s QUEST card except the person who’s name is on the card. If you have someone who makes purchases for you they should be listed as an authorized user or alternate payee. In that case they will have their own card with their own name on it. The only way this prevents someone from making a purchase for someone else is if they aren’t following the design of the program to begin with.

  2. A busdriver says:

    I used to do my Grandmother’s grocery shopping for her when I was a teenager because she could not do it herself especially in the winter months. So now I’m sure that this something many adult children or grandchildren still do for their grandparents or even an elderly neighbor or friend. You think this is a good idea?? You & the rest need your head examined. Bunch of heartless fools.

  3. AG says:

    No one says that others can’t do the shopping for someone else. The owner of the card just makes them an authorized user. I know, that’s rough… the oppression in this country is awful.

  4. A busdriver says:

    I suppose you really are that damn stupid. so what happens when the “authorised” user is unavailable genius?

  5. AG says:

    Yes, what indeed do you do if someone you designated as an authorized user is not available? That truly is one of life’s great mysteries.

    Ohhhhh, I know! Why not use one of the many services available to help people with mobility issues? Such as:

    Or maybe ask a family member or friend to help them get to the store? Not everyone has friends or family who can do that… but then again who would be making that purchase for them in the first place? For those, have them call me, I’ll provide a ride.

  6. A busdriver says:

    How about not creating more BS obstacles like ID cards with authorized users. You obviously have never used paratransit services & are ignorant as to why that is not the cure or you would not be suggesting it. What about those that can’t walk? You got a wheelchair lift on your car. Most people don’t unless they need one. Even those that do don’t always have them.Manual chairs are not always feasible for many of those that can’t walk. But then I’m sure you are ambulatory.

  7. AG says:

    A Busdriver, so you’re worried about the foodshare recipient who is not mobile, has an authorized user who’s not available, does not have access to any services or organizations that helps provide mobility and/or transportation for disabled or senior citizens, and needs food right away in that moment, and anyone they’d normally call to use their QUEST card is not able to drive them? That indeed might be a tough situation.

    Something tells me this is a much smaller problem than the number of people committing fraud. Based on the number of people who have offered to sell ME their benefits alone, I’d guess that population is much larger.

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