With a touch of a button, the governor printed the last batch of federal welfare checks, a final move in changing the welfare system of a state that has pioneered such overhauls.
Gov. Tommy Thompson on Monday finished printing the last 50 of 1,100 checks to be sent out this week under the Aid to Families with Dependent Children program.The program is being replaced at the end of the month by the state's Wisconsin Works, or W-2, program.
W-2 requires all able-bodied adults to work or get job training. In return, the state will pay for their child care, transportation and other related costs. It also puts a five-year cap on benefits.