Gov. Scott Walker is pushing for drug testing of food stamp recipients.
The Wisconsin Republican has been interested in making Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly known as food stamps) recipients pass drug tests — a requirement that President Obama's administration says violates federal law — since last year. Walker announced Thursday he is going forward with the push in part of a workforce readiness plan in his overall budget proposal.
“We know employers in Wisconsin have jobs available, but they don’t have enough qualified employees to fill those positions,” Walker said in a press release. “With this budget, we are addressing some of the barriers keeping people from achieving true freedom and prosperity and the independence that comes with having a good job and doing it well."