January 23, 2015 9:00 am -

[su_right_ad]It didn’t work in Florida, as it was too expensive, and they found that not enough welfare recipients were on drugs. And it’s unconstitutional. It won’t work in Wisconsin.

Medicaid recipients in Wisconsin would be required to undergo drug testing and could be limited in how long they can receive benefits under measures proposed Thursday by Gov. Scott Walker, who is positioning himself as a reformer as he eyes a 2016 presidential run.

The idea, which Walker first proposed during his re-election campaign, will be included in his state budget released to the Republican-controlled Legislature on Feb. 3. Walker announced for the first time Thursday that the plan would apply to childless adults on Medicaid, as well as those applying for or receiving aid from other state benefit programs…

Eleven states already require drug testing of at least some welfare recipients, according to data from the National Conference of State Legislatures. And four states require drug-testing of at least some people filing for unemployment compensation.

But the idea has run into legal problems.

A federal appeals court in December affirmed a ruling that a law in Florida requiring mandatory drug testing of welfare benefit applicants was unconstitutional. And Georgia officials last year put on hold a new law requiring drug testing of food stamp recipients amid concerns about its legality.

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D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

22 responses to Scott Walker Pushing Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients

  1. Carla Akins January 23rd, 2015 at 9:04 am

    Walker has never met a “poor-hatin” idea he didn’t like.

  2. allison1050 January 23rd, 2015 at 9:24 am

    Didn’t anyone tell the goob about Florida and the lack of results?

    • Jimmy Smith January 23rd, 2015 at 9:47 am

      Facts? Meh … those are for liberals. We at the GOP only produce what our base wants, no matter how divorced from reality it may be.

    • Budda January 23rd, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Exactly. Proven to be not cost effective. Based on cons fantasy-land belief that all welfare recipients must be on drugs.

      • allison1050 January 23rd, 2015 at 4:51 pm

        And there ya go Budda and all at taxpayers expense only to prove themselves wrong.

  3. arc99 January 23rd, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Why is it these faux guardians of taxpayer dollars never suggest drug testing people like the families of MIchelle Bachmann and Joni Ernst who received hundreds of thousands of dollars in farm subsidies. Why do we not drug test the CEO’s of defense contractors who are awarded multi billion dollar government contracts?

    Why do we not drug test the elected members of the state legislatures who adovacate these bills? Any legislator who is found to be using any drug (including alcohol) without benefit of a doctor’s prescription shall either resign or continue in their position receiving their living expense perdiems only (no salary).

    Ever notice how these anti family right wingers call it “class warfare” only when poor people fight back? Curious definition of pro-life when you support expensive unconstitutional means to take food out of the mouths of poor children because of what their parents MIGHT have done.

    We all know that if this obscenity becomes law, then some corporation with the Gov. Walker in their back pocket is going to earn a handsome profit at taxpayer expense. A corporation, I would add where the CEO was not drug tested before being awarded the contract.

    The Republican party is not pro-life. They are about as anti life anti family and pro death as you can get. Dismantle the social safety net and start more wars for the poor to fight and die in. The GOP is a living breathing obscenity.

  4. Pilotshark January 23rd, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Well Scotty the snotty, why don’t you take a wiz quiz, just to prove you are not high on drugs!

    but you are high on kockroach droppings, and sadly that doesn’t show on wiz quiz`s.

  5. wpadon January 23rd, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I know a guy who tells me that he can beat the urine test for THC by buying something at any grocery store for about two dollars. He brags about smoking a joint on the way to take the test. Gets hired every time.

    • fahvel January 23rd, 2015 at 2:01 pm

      it works

  6. rg9rts January 23rd, 2015 at 10:44 am

    The costs should come out of his pocket….lets start with the legislature and executive office first…….alcohol too

  7. BillTheCat45 January 23rd, 2015 at 11:02 am

    At this point, I’m done being mad at Walker, and now I just simply feel really bad for anyone who has to live in the waking nightmare that is WI. When the Dems take over after King Walker’s reign is over – and it will be some day – they have a LOT of work to do to return the state back to a free democratic state, undoing the fascist policies of Der Governor.

    • Candide Thirtythree January 24th, 2015 at 12:28 am

      Amen! I am all for hiring the mentally challenged but not for Governor and he has all the markers for some serious chromosomal damage!

  8. Snick1946 January 23rd, 2015 at 11:04 am

    I worked for years for my state’s HHS department and during that time certified a few thousand people for food stamps. I’m sure some of them were using ‘drugs’ if you count pot- which is what 90% of those using at all were doing. The idea that scads of them are out there dealing in hard core drugs using food stamps is pure GOP crapola. Republicans inhabit a different universe than most of us on here. In their world ‘welfare’ recipients all cheat, Democrats steal all elections, and Obama is a Kenyan usurper.

  9. Bunya January 23rd, 2015 at 1:44 pm

    Wisconsin sure stepped in it this time by electing this clown. I hear he’s poised to place more restrictions on Planned Parenthood. I hope he goes with that idea. I’m sure the women will “reward” him in the next election.

    • Candide Thirtythree January 24th, 2015 at 12:26 am

      There is no way he ‘won’ that election, his buddy totting around that laptop with all the votes on it that she used to give other republicans the win is probably how he won. Probably a lots of dirty little tricks since he got thrown out of college for trying to rig the student counsel elections too. No way he won in a free and fair election.

      Either that or people were so sure that he wasn’t going to win that they didn’t bother to go vote. If that is the case then they deserve him.

  10. fahvel January 23rd, 2015 at 2:00 pm

    has a practical side- if recipients are drug positive the state or nation should step in and provide recovery help, education and other little things that when missing tend to send folks to drugs.

    • whatthe46 January 23rd, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      you used the word “practical.”

      • Candide Thirtythree January 24th, 2015 at 12:21 am

        A word that does not exist in the republican lexicon.

  11. Jake January 23rd, 2015 at 5:11 pm

    How about mandatory drug testing for idiots buying guns – surely the repercussions of a gun-toting stoned fascist are more serious than those of a stoned victim of trickle-down economics.

    • whatthe46 January 23rd, 2015 at 5:21 pm

      how about mandatory drug testing for idiots running for office and those that are already in office. they are getting paid with tax payers dollars so alls fair in my opinion.

      • Jake January 23rd, 2015 at 5:30 pm

        i don’t disagree with you there.

  12. Candide Thirtythree January 24th, 2015 at 12:31 am

    Then you can bet that he just bought controlling interest in the company that s going to get the contract to do all the tests in a no-bid contract, that is how all republicans operate.