Records show minuscule registered support for Walker’s drug testing plan

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An Associated Press review has found that Gov. Walker’s proposal to drug-test Medicaid recipients and increase premiums on poor people drew five fully positive comments out of more than 1,000 submitted by the public, with one of the five coming from his own lieutenant governor. > AP News / Beloit Daily News

Walker submits plan to Trump to become first state to drug screen some Medicaid enrollees

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Gov. Walker on Wednesday asked President Trump’s administration to let Wisconsin become the first state to require drug screening for poor, childless adults who seek Medicaid, as well as impose a time limit on coverage unless they work. Walker’s initial plan was softened, however, in response to public comments. > Wisconsin State Journal

Nygren says Medicaid drug testing could be helpful

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Having spearheaded laws to address opioid addiction, Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) supports Gov. Walker’s proposal to drug test those on Medicaid, saying he believes it can help address widespread addiction in the state. But he feels it needs to “be done right”, and be presented to the budget committee for a vote. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Gazette opinion: Drug testing for BadgerCare makes sense

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Critics are accusing Gov. Walker of being heartless by asking the poor to be screened for illegal drug use as a condition of enrolling in BadgerCare. In reality, Walker is building on Wisconsin’s legacy as a leader in welfare reform and helping the poor break the cycle of dependency, both on drugs and public assistance. > Janesville Gazette

Budget committee approves drug testing for more public benefit recipients

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Participants in some work experience programs are already required to undergo drug screening and testing in order to preserve their eligibility. But a proposal approved this week by the Republican-led budget committee expands that requirement to three more employment programs administered by Wisconsin Works, the state’s replacement for welfare. > The Cap Times

Dems say GOP bill requiring drug screening for more work programs would be waste of money

More people would have to undergo drug screening to be eligible for state-run work programs under a Republican proposal the Assembly passed Wednesday. Democrats say that in addition to unfairly targeting low-income people, the idea is an ineffective way to treat addiction and therefore is a waste of spending $250,000.  >  AP / Janesville Gazette

Rickert: It’s not the drug testing, it’s the details of the drug testing

In Gov. Walker’s proposal to drug-test some people in various federal-state welfare programs, it’s not clear that Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature are interested in the level of commitment needed to turn it into a socially beneficial policy.  >  Wisconsin State Journal