Intrusive, wasteful and offensive is what Democratic gubernatorial candidate Matt Flynn said about Governor Scott Walker’s announcement that Wisconsin will drug test food stamp recipients.
“I condemn this in the strongest terms. First, it is hypocritical. Walker and his Republican allies claim to be against intrusive big government, but there has never been a more intrusive, big-government administration in our state’s history.
“Second, this is foolishly wasteful of our state’s limited resources. By the administration’s own admission, fewer than one-third of one percent of all food stamp recipients will likely be identified as drug users. Numerous states have passed similar ‘reforms’ and have actually found that recipients of these programs test positive at a lower rate than the general population. These ‘reforms’ always cost more money than they save.
“Third, and most importantly, this policy is offensive in the extreme. It demeans people experiencing poverty. It is unconscionable.”
The Walker Administration is steadfast about instilling this initiative, even though the federal government opposes the move citing that this policy would be illegal.