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Scott Walker, republican governor of Wisconsin, is planning to move ahead on requiring recipients of food stamps to be tested for drug use.  The Walker administration estimated that a small fraction of the program's applicants -- 220, or 0.3 percent, of the 67,400 applicants a year -- would actually test positive for drugs.

So if there isn't a big problem with food stamp recipients using drugs, why the need to test?  The real reason here is the cost.  I don't know the current cost of drug tests but let's say it is $100.00; the cost charged for the last drug test I was forced to take to be hired for a job.  The government of Wisconsin will issue a contract to some drug testing company to handle the drug tests; and I suspect the costs will be higher than $100.00 per test.  67,400 multiplied by $100 per test; and I think Wisconsin foodshare benefits last for one year; in some states that is not the case, would equate to $6,740,000 of Wisconsin's taxpayers' money going to some drug testing company for a problem that really doesn't exist.  I am sure there are areas in Wisconsin that could use this money instead of wasting it on a non-existent problem of drug use among foodshare recipients.

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Posted: 10.12.2017
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