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Wisconsin moving ahead with plan to drug test food stamp users

Gov. Scott Walker is moving ahead with his plan to make Wisconsin the first state to drug test able-bodied adults applying for food stamps. (MGN Online)

MADISON, Wisc. (WKRC) -Gov. Scott Walker is moving ahead with his plan to make Wisconsin the first state to drug test able-bodied adults applying for food stamps.

“Employers have jobs available, but they need skilled workers who can pass a drug test,” Walker said in a statement. “This rule change means people battling substance use disorders will be able to get the help they need to get healthy and get back into the workforce.”

If people fail a drug test, they would not receive food stamps but would be eligible for state-sponsored rehabilitation.

Wisconsin first included a provision in its 2015 budget bill to drug test certain individuals participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Employment and Training program, which the federal government has opposed.

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