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State takes over running Milwaukee County's aid programs

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A state official says Wisconsin's largest county has failed for years in running its own programs for the poor so Madison will do it for them.

In an unprecedented move, state health services secretary Karen Timberlake said Tuesday that her agency will manage Milwaukee County's medical assistance, child care, and food aid programs.

State and federal aid pays almost all the costs - and county executive Scott Walker blames the state for under funding them.

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