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Budget committee approves new Dept. of Children and Families

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Wisconsin is one step closer to having a new state government agency to help children.

The Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted 11-5 Tuesday in favor of Gov. Jim Doyle's budget proposal to create the Department of Children and Families.

The new department would take over the W-2 welfare to work program, child support and child welfare services. Those duties are now split between two agencies, health and workforce development.

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