Wisconsin Governor Pushes Forward With Plan To Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients

Saturday, December 9, 2017
By Paul Martin

by Tyler Durden
Dec 9, 2017

Anyone looking to take advantage of the federal food stamp program in the state of Wisconsin may soon have to pee in a cup before rushing to the grocery store each month for their taxpayer subsidized sugary beverages and assortment of Hostess baked goods. As the StarTribune points out today, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker took steps earlier today that could eventually make his state the first to require drug tests for able-bodied adults applying for food stamps.

Gov. Scott Walker moved ahead Monday with his plans to make Wisconsin the first state to drug test able-bodied adults applying for food stamps, a move blocked by the federal government or found to be unconstitutional when other states have tried.

Wisconsin’s plan was approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature more than two years ago, but it languished because it conflicts with federal rules prohibiting states from imposing additional eligibility criteria on food stamp recipients.

Walker approved a rule change to implement the screening and sent it to the Legislature for review Monday. Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said the governor believes he has the authority to implement the rule.

The Legislature has four months to review the rule and it could take a year after its approval before the testing would begin. Lawsuits by those who oppose the drug testing are expected once it’s implemented, assuming the federal government doesn’t step in and block it in the meantime.

Under the plan, childless FoodShare participants who fail a drug test would be eligible for state-funded rehabilitation treatment if they don’t have any other way to pay for it. FoodShare is Wisconsin’s name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Not surprisingly, opponents of Walker’s efforts promised a constitutional challenge if his plan were to ever be implemented…

“The state could do far more to expand the workforce by investing in broader access to effective drug treatment programs, rather than spending scarce state resources on the administration of drug screening and testing requirements,” said Jon Peacock, research director for Kids Forward, which advocates for children and families in Wisconsin.

Peacock said he was certain there would be a legal challenge over the constitutionality of drug screening food stamp recipients as well as whether such a move would be a violation of federal law governing the food stamp program.

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2 Responses to “Wisconsin Governor Pushes Forward With Plan To Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients”

  1. Dave

    Good idea; and while the gubner is checking people piss out he should also insist on checking all the other folks in his state receiving forms of welfare like all of the state public employees (welfare recipients) and most importantly all of the elected officials – follicular t ests one and all

  2. Dave

    Thats the US for yah these days, a country where a huge industry has evolved around collecting people piss… Can’t even manufacture our own underwear but we are good at collecting piss. Hey, maybe we can step it up a notch and have an industry come of age collecting and driving shitballs around the countryside… Booger collecting???


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