State of Wisconsin
Tuesday, July 2, 2002
Timothy Roby (608) 266-8110
Rachel Langenohl, Department of Workforce Development (608) 266-8710
W-2 PROGRAM RECEIVES $14 MILLION PERFORMANCE BONUS
receives third largest bonus payment
MADISON – Gov. Scott
McCallum announced today the Wisconsin Works (W-2) program will receive a
$14 million performance bonus award from the U.S. Department of Health and
Human Services for its success in job retention and wage gains for W-2
Wisconsin ranked in the top
10 among all states for the number of welfare-to-work participants who moved
into work, retained their jobs and reported earning increases. The
performance bonus is based on improvement over the last year and is
proportional with the size of the TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy
Families) grant awarded to the state. Only two states (California and Texas)
received a higher performance award than Wisconsin.
"This is a very clear
indication that W-2 is working and working well," Gov. McCallum said.
"Wisconsin’s welfare reform program is not only helping people make
the transition from welfare to work, but helping people advance in their
jobs and make more money. That was the intent of the program from the very
Department of Workforce
Development Secretary Jennifer Reinert said the agency is looking at a
variety of options for using the performance bonus.
"We have several
exciting initiatives in development for the next biennial budget that will
help individuals participating in the W-2 program," Reinert added.
"It is important to recognize the bonus we received is the result of
the effort and determination of individuals who are working toward
self-sufficiency, and this funding will be invested in furthering their
President George W. Bush
and Health and Human Services Secretary Tommy Thompson presented the award
to Gov. Scott McCallum during an event in Milwaukee today.
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