This is sensible. Frankly, I didn’t realize that we, the taxpayers, were paying for replacement cards. It makes sense that whoever lost it should pay for it.
Republicans on the Legislature’s finance committee have tacked provisions onto Gov. Scott Walker’s budget that would call for state officials to deduct the costs of replacing lost food stamp cards from their holders’ accounts.
According to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau, the state replaced about 130,000 lost or stolen cards between March 2014 and February. Each card costs about $3.50 to replace. The bureau estimates that the committee’s move would reduce the costs for replacement cards by about $455,000 annually.