Gov. Scott Walker Signs Law To Drug Test Food Stamp Recipients

| by Michael Allen

Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, who recently announced he is running for president, signed his state's two-year budget on Sunday.

In the budget, Walker amended a section that would have limited his administration when testing food stamp recipients for drugs.

The version changed and signed by Walker gives the state government unlimited power to drug test people receiving food stamps, notes the Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel.

Walker tried to link being unemployed to taking drugs during a speech on Sunday at Valveworks USA in Waukesha where he signed his budget:

I campaigned on this last year, and we said we're going to make sure people not only get the employability skills they need to get hired, we're going to make sure they're free of drugs. Because we know if they're free of drugs and they know,  or they have basic employability skills, we can find a job for anyone in the state of Wisconsin.

While his audience applauded, Walker forgot to mention that Georgia tried the same type of drug testing of food stamp recipients in 2014, but the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which manages the food stamp program (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program), would not allow the state to do it, noted The Huffington Post.

A USDA report on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients released in 2012, stated: "Most SNAP participants were children or the elderly. Nearly half (45 percent) of participants were under age 18 and nearly 9 percent were age 60 or older."

"Many SNAP participants had jobs. Over 30 percent of SNAP households had earnings in 2011, and 41 percent of all SNAP participants lived in a household with earnings."

Sources: Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel, USDA, The Huffington Post
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