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Wisconsin Takes Big Step To Stop Freeloaders From Abusing Welfare

A new Wisconsin law, approved in early May, by Republican Gov. Scott Walker states that recently laid-off employees in Wisconsin won't be able to get unemployment benefits or food stamps if they'd previously failed a drug test with their employer or declined to take a drug test. Currently, the program is on hold because it requires federal approval. In a statement in November 2015, Walker said "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." Although, Sherrie Tussler of the Milwaukee Hunger Task Force told Wisconsin Public Radio said, "You can't take broad classes of people and call them drug users and then demand that, in order to receive equal treatment under the law, that they subject themselves to a drug test. Just because people are on food stamps doesn't mean that they're addicted to drugs."

In addition, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi, a Democrat said, "People who fall on hard times should not be treated like criminals; they should be treated like people who have fallen on hard times: with dignity and respect. Requiring someone who has just been laid off from their job to pee in a cup is not treating people in a dignified manner; it is degrading and insulting."

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