Gov. Pushes Drug Test For Food Share Recipients

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Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker has considered drug testing Food Share program recipients and has submitted a plan to try to put this plan into effect. Photo from Foxnews.com

Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker has considered drug testing Food Share program recipients and has submitted a plan to try to put this plan into effect. Photo from Foxnews.com

Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker has considered drug testing Food Share program recipients and has submitted a plan to try to put this plan into effect. Photo from Foxnews.com

Sara Williams, Reporter

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Wisconsin’s Governor Scott Walker has considered drug testing Food Share program recipients and has submitted a plan to try to put this plan into effect.

In Wisconsin, people may need food stamps because they have low income or because they do not have the money to by their own food.  To receive state benefits, they have to complete paperwork and now could become subject to the proposed drug test.  If they fail, they will not be able to get the food stamps.  Lawmakers in Wisconsin do not think the program will have a huge impact on people who are trying or currently receiving help.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article states, “The Walker administration estimated in October that only about 220 food stamps recipients statewide- or just 0.3% of able bodied adults would test positive in the first year.”

Governor Walker told the Journal Sentinel, “Employers have jobs available, but they need skilled workers who can pass a drug test.  This rule change means people battling substance use disorders will be able to get the help they need to get healthy and get back into the workforce.”  

Walker has asked President Donald Trump to acknowledge his suggested change at the federal level because much of the funding for the food share program comes from the federal government.

Despite no response from the Trump administration,  Walker’s spokesman Tom Everson said, “Our position is we have the authority to implement the rule.”

  

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