Scott Walker, union and minimum wage-hating governor of Wisconsin fresh off of winning his reelection bid, can’t wait to get back to work on his favorite pastime, humiliating and degrading the working class.
Walker has proposed a bill that would force anyone receiving or applying for unemployment or any sort of public assistance to undergo drug testing.
Currently those who have been convicted of a drug related felony are the only ones required to submit to such testing and it is doubtful that the governor’s proposal will withstand a constitutional challenge.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, is on board with the governor’s idea saying that it will be a top priority in the next session of the Assembly.
It has been shown in every state that has instituted such draconian legislation that the state does not save any money nor do they find any widespread drug use among recipients of public benefits. The truth is it ends up costing the state even more since they must absorb the costs of drug testing innocent people.
Walker stripped public employee unions of their right to collective bargaining, more recently declaring that there was no need to raise the state’s minimum wage of $7.25 since a “study” provided by the state’s restaurant lobby showed that there was no evidence that it was not a living wage.
Walker’s proposal fulfills a campaign promise to require “a drug test for those requesting unemployment and able-bodied, working-age adults requesting food stamps from the state.”
Laurel Patrick, a spokeswoman for the governor said that he and his cabinet would work “to craft a specific proposal,” which will work on “moving people from government dependence to independence.”
There are 11 states that require testing for some who apply for public assistance programs, but states that have attempted to require testing for all applicants have had their laws struck down as unconstitutional — a fact which has done nothing to discourage Republican governors and lawmakers from trying over and over to pass these laws.
Sherrie Tussler, the executive director of Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, wants to know exactly how Walker plans to implement his law and what he will do with those it may find to be using drugs.
“In the states where they did do drug testing, they invested tens of thousands of dollars and found very few people,” she said. “If they come up with a positive test, is he going to help them find treatment?”
An even better question might be, how they are going to test for the most widely used drug in the nation, alcohol?