WASHINGTON - U.S. House Republicans passed a bill last night that would strip billions of dollars from the federal food stamp program.
One in five Americans has used the program at some point in their life.
Farm subsidies and food stamps have been combined in the "farm bill" since 1973. This is the first time the bill has passed the House without having food stamps, formally known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.
The partisan bill would remove $740 billion from the food stamp program over the next 10 years.
2400 families use food stamps in Oneida County alone. This reduction would make it tougher on them.
"The concern with that is everything as far as expenses is increasing for people, utilities, food and other costs," said Oneida County Support Programs Supervisor Amy Mayo. "So to have the benefits decline, while others are increasing would be a hardship for clients. "
It is unlikely the Food stamp program will lose all of its funding.
That's because the Republican House has to work with the Democratic Senate.
Senate Democrat's won't let the bill go to the president with a 740 billion dollar cut.
Oneida county residents receive $527,000 worth of food stamps per month in the Wisconsin FoodShare program.
A study from January 2012, says 59 percent of Wisconsin recipients were children, disabled,or people older 59.
RHINELANDER - The City of Rhinelander and Oneida County will consider borrowing $15 million to help develop a manufacturer in Rhinelander, according to an Oneida County Economic Development Corporation release Tuesday.
The money would help Rhinelander Coated Products start work inside the former Printpack building on Kemp Street.
BOULDER JUNCTION - Pilots find very little room for error when they make a landing. Wings, flaps, and landing gear all need to work properly. Then there's the runway itself, which needs to be flat and smooth.
So, when pilots found ruts and divots torn into the grass runway at Boulder Junction's airport, folks were more than upset, they were worried about safe landings. Airfield president Jeff Long thinks someone used a pickup truck to do the damage. It happened right before the airfield's busiest weekend of the year, the Musky Day fly-in.
"To see somebody disregard that, disrespect that, and then again the safety, where somebody could get hurt that we're inviting up here for summer fun, doesn't make you feel very good," Long said.
EAGLE RIVER - Cities across the Northwoods drop tens of thousands of dollars every winter on crack sealing roads. The Eagle River Airport is no different. The airport spent about $25,000 in 2016 patching up its main runway.
Arguably, that runway is even older than most roads people drive on. The runway was last redone in 1971. On a busy day, the 5,000-foot runway hosts upwards of 80 takeoffs and landings. Airport manager Rob Hom showed Newswatch 12 a number of places where the pavement is buckling and cracked. That can lead to dangerous landings for small planes.
"Relative to a car or a truck [a prop-powered airplane is] pretty light relatively speaking, so having a smooth runway is imperative," Hom said.
THREE LAKES - Pollinators play an essential role in the growth of plants, and it's not just bees that help pollinate.
Butterflies, bats, and even mosquitoes are pollinators, but those populations have been in decline in recent years.
"Across the U.S., pollinators have been seeing big declines," said Oneida County Conservationist Michele Sadauskas. "We've been hearing more and more about our honeybee pollinations. The monarch populations have had dramatic decreases. So we're seeing it across the board."
CRANDON - For some Northwoods families, it can be hard to find the money to pay for their kids' school supplies every year, but a back-to-school program in Forest County is giving children the supplies they need to succeed.
MADISON - New state regulations designed to retain teachers are going into effect.
The package was published Tuesday. The provisions allow retired teachers or teachers nearing retirement to apply for a nonrenewable five-year license without submitting a professional development plan. They also increase the time that short-term substitute teachers can serve in the same assignment from 20 days to 45 days.
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