Should People on Welfare Be Drug-Tested? This State Just Said Heck Yes!

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01Governor Scott Walker approved a rule submitted by the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF), which is another step forward in implementing drug testing of able-bodied adults seeking certain welfare benefits.

“Our 2015-17 State Budget implements common-sense reforms that put in place drug screening, testing, and treatment mechanisms, so we can continue strengthening Wisconsin’s workforce,” said Governor Walker.  “Employers across the state frequently tell me they have good-paying jobs available in high-demand fields, but need their workers to be drug-free.  These important entitlement reforms will help more people find family-supporting jobs, moving them from government dependence to true independence.”


DCF’s newly-approved rule is the next step in the process as they develop and implement their drug screening and testing for certain able-bodied adults seeking benefits and/or training through Transform Milwaukee, Transitional Jobs, and noncustodial parents in the W-2 program.  Under the plan, individuals who test positive for a controlled substance without a prescription would be eligible for a drug treatment plan.

This rule will go into effect on November 9, 2015.

The liberal spin is so predictible you can’t set your watch to it:

MSNBC: “In Arizona between 2011 and 2014, over 100,000 people were drug tested to receive benefits, but only two people tested positive.”

Think Progress: “States with active programs, positive drug test rates have been below 1 percent in all but one, and all of them are below the national drug use rate of 9.4 percent.”

Hey idiot mittens – ever consider that maybe the lower drug use is because people WANT THEIR FREEBIES and are willing to stop abusing drugs to get back on the right track?

No, that can’t possibly be true that incentivizing people works.

Listen to this Wisconsin Democrat and tell me if you even understand what he’d talking about:

“You can’t just say that it will create jobs and expect people to go with it,” said Representative Mandela Barnes (D-Milwaukee) said. “The idea sends the wrong message. It aids the stigma that people who are in need, who are poor, are drug users. Which is not the case..”

Well then what the hell are you complaining about? If someone does test positive for drugs, Walker says the state will offer free treatment and free job training. He says getting people off government assistance will, in turn, help pay for that free treatment.

Then there’s the usual race-baiting that it’s all a plan to keep minorities down. As if only minorities are on welfare and only minorities have drug problems. Just who are the racists in this scenario?

Paging Al Sharpton.

You got to hand it to Scott Walker: The man does what he says he’s going to do and it drive the left nutty. Walker says the goal is to help fill nearly 67,000 job openings in the state with qualified workers who are less dependent on the government, and not abusing the system.

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If you’re being helped by state programs like FoodShare or even Medicaid, you’d better be drug free. That’s the message from Governor Scott Walker. He’s merely following through on his campaign promise to require drug testing for public aid recipients in Wisconsin and limiting how long they can receive benefits. This drives politicians of both stripes mad.


If welfare barely keeps you on your feet, wasting money on drugs may not be as important as food on the table, it turns out. And tell me libs, what percentage of former recipients stopped collecting welfare after drug testing was implemented? Pa-lease…

You’re not supposed to actually DO what you campaigned on, don’t you know that Scott Walker?

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