Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development History - Wisconsin Works (W-2)
Wisconsin lead the nation in introducing the biggest welfare renovation in over 60 years. The W-2 program had several unique features. It introduced four tiers of possible jobs and training opportunities based on an ability to work. It tripled the amount of funds available for child care. Food Stamps and Medicaid became tied to income levels. Earned income credits were still available to low-income families. A Financial and Employment planner helped job seekers enter the workforce, review training opportunities, identify child care solutions and deal with budgeting their income. In July Secretary Stewart was interviewed by Maria Shiver for the NBC Dateline Program about Wisconsin’s welfare reform efforts.