Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Drug testing for Food Share Wisconsin recipients: For Scott Walker, it's a recipe to stigmatize people living in poverty

And a chapter in his third-term re-election playbook.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker moving forward with drug testing some food stamp recipients.  (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 12/4/2017)
Scott Walker:  Just as bad as Donald Trump.  The program won't necessarily have a massive effect, however. The Walker administration estimated in October that only about 220 food stamp recipients statewide — or just 0.3% of able-bodied adults — would test positive in the first year.

FoodShare Wisconsin was created to help stop hunger and to improve nutrition and health. FoodShare helps people with limited money buy the food they need for good health.

Related reading:
The politics and demographics of food stamp recipients.  (Pew Research, 7/21/2013)
The myth of welfare and drug use.  (The Daily Beast, 8/30/2013)
The double-standard of making the poor prove they’re worthy of government benefits.  (Washington Post, 4/7/2015)

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