Madison… Senate Majority Leader Devin LeMahieu (R-Oostburg) and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington) introduced SJR-4/AJR-3 this afternoon. SJR-4/AJR-3 would put a question directly to Wisconsin voters for the first time since 2006.

“This resolution will ask Wisconsin voters a simple question,” Leader LeMahieu said. “Shall able-bodied child-less adults be required to look for work in order to receive taxpayer-funded welfare benefits?” 

Action at both the state and federal level have limited the requirements welfare recipients must meet to continue to receive benefits. Last session, the legislature passed the Stronger Workforce package, which would have reformed Wisconsin’s welfare requirements to help address the state’s workforce crisis. Governor Evers vetoed those reforms. 

“This is an opportunity for us as policymakers to hear directly from Wisconsinites,” Vos said. “Last session I voted to provide real solutions to the workforce crisis to get thousands of people off the sidelines and back into jobs. Unfortunately Governor Evers did nothing”

SJR-4/AJR-3 will be considered on the floor of each house of the legislature next week. The advisory referendum will be placed on the April ballot. 

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