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2017 - 2018 LEGISLATURE
April 13, 2017 - Introduced by Representatives Rodriguez, Riemer, Allen,
Ballweg, Bernier, Born, Brandtjen, Duchow, Edming, Gannon, Kitchens,
Knodl, Krug, Kulp, Loudenbeck, Quinn, Ripp, Sanfelippo, Tauchen,
Thiesfeldt and Katsma, cosponsored by Senators Darling, Marklein,
Stroebel, Vinehout, Wanggaard and Kapenga. Referred to Committee on
Public Benefit Reform.
AB241,1,2 1An Act to amend 49.155 (1m) (c) 1.; and to create 49.155 (1m) (c) 1d. of the
2statutes; relating to: mitigating the benefit drop-off in Wisconsin Shares.
Analysis by the Legislative Reference Bureau
This bill allows an individual who receives a child care subsidy through the
Wisconsin Shares program to continue to be eligible to receive a partial subsidy if
that individual's family gross income increases to above 200 percent of the poverty
line for a family the size of the individual's family.
Wisconsin Shares is a part of the Wisconsin Works program under current law,
which provides work experience and benefits for low-income custodial parents who
are at least 18 years old. Under Wisconsin Shares, an individual who is the parent
of a child under the age of 13 or, if the child is disabled, under the age of 19, who needs
child care services to participate in various educational or work activities, and who
satisfies other eligibility criteria, may receive a child care subsidy for child care
services. Under current law, one of the eligibility criteria for receiving a child care
subsidy under Wisconsin Shares is having a family gross income at or below 185
percent of the poverty line. If an individual is already receiving a child care subsidy
under Wisconsin Shares and his or her family's gross income increases above 185
percent of the poverty line, under current law the individual remains eligible for the
child care subsidy until his or her family's gross income exceeds 200 percent of the
poverty line. Under this bill, the individual remains eligible to receive a child care
subsidy under Wisconsin Shares if his or her family's gross income exceeds 200
percent of the poverty line, but the individual's copayment increases by $1 for every
$3 by which the family's gross income exceeds 200 percent of the poverty line.

For further information see the state fiscal estimate, which will be printed as
an appendix to this bill.
The people of the state of Wisconsin, represented in senate and assembly, do
enact as follows:
AB241,1 1Section 1. 49.155 (1m) (c) 1. of the statutes is amended to read:
AB241,2,132 49.155 (1m) (c) 1. Except as provided in subds. 1d., 1g., 1h., 1m., 2., and 3., the
3gross income of the individual's family is at or below 185 percent of the poverty line
4for a family the size of the individual's family or, for an individual who is already
5receiving a child care subsidy under this section, the gross income of the individual's
6family is at or below 200 percent of the poverty line for a family the size of the
7individual's family. In calculating the gross income of the family, the department or
8county department or agency determining eligibility shall include court-ordered
9child or family support payments received by the individual, if those support
10payments exceed $1,250 per month, and income described under s. 49.145 (3) (b) 1.
11and 3., except that, in calculating farm and self-employment income, the
12department or county department or agency determining eligibility shall include the
13sum of the following:
AB241,2 14Section 2. 49.155 (1m) (c) 1d. of the statutes is created to read:
AB241,2,2015 49.155 (1m) (c) 1d. Notwithstanding sub. (5) (b), if the individual is already
16receiving a child care subsidy under this section and the gross income of the
17individual's family exceeds 200 percent of the poverty line for a family the size of the
18individual's family, the individual's copayment amount under sub. (5) increases by
19$1 for every $3 by which the individual's family's gross income exceeds 200 percent
20of the poverty line for a family the size of the individual's family.
AB241,3 21Section 3. Effective date.
AB241,3,2
1(1) Child care subsidy copayments. This act takes effect on July 1, 2018, or on
2the first day of the 12th month beginning after publication, whichever is later.
AB241,3,33 (End)
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