'This Is a Means to an End': Wisconsin Plans to Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) is moving ahead with his plan to make his state the first to drug test able-bodied adults applying for food stamps.
The plan passed the Republican-controlled state legislature more than two years ago, but it stalled due to federal laws prohibiting states from imposing additional eligibility criteria on food stamp recipients.
Under the plan, if childless, able-bodied food stamp recipients test positive for drugs, they are eligible for state-funded rehabilitation treatment if they cannot afford treatment for drug abuse.
On "Fox & Friends," Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (R) said her state has nearly 93,000 job vacancies, and this is a way to put more drug-free workers in the workplace.
She explained that Wisconsin has invested heavily in the FoodShare Employment and Training program, which provides work and job training to childless, able-bodied food stamp recipients.
She said there are approximately 67,000 people in Wisconsin who fall into that category, and they want those individuals to undergo drug screening to determine those who might have an addiction issue and need to take a drug test.
Those who test positive will have the opportunity to get treatment, regardless of the ability to pay, so they can get healthy, find a job and get off entitlement programs, Kleefisch said.
"It's a compassionate and I think, kind of a cool way, to get people re-engaged in work," she said. "This is a means to an end, and the end is the dignity of work and the opportunity to climb the ladder to your own American Dream."
The state legislature has four months to review the plan, and it could take a year after its approval before the testing would begin.
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