Drug Testing Food Stamps Applicants And Other Changes To Welfare

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 In this Jan. 30, 2018, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks in Madison, Wis. The Trump administration is considering a plan that would allow states to require certain food stamp recipients to undergo drug testing, handing a win to conservatives who’ve long sought ways to curb safety net program. Walker sued the USDA in 2015 for blocking the state from drug testing adults applying for food stamps. A federal judge tossed the suit in 2016, but Walker renewed his request for permission later that year, after Donald Trump had won the presidency but before he took office.(AP Photo/Scott Bauer, File)

Earlier this month, President Trump signed an executive order requiring government agencies to review their welfare programs from Medicaid to food stamps, and to find ways to tighten those programs and gives states more control over how to implement them. The Trump administration has also been considering a plan that would allow states to require certain recipients of food stamps to undergo drug testing. Here in Wisconsin, Governor Scott Walker has signed a bevy of bills into law that tighten welfare requirements in the state. Among other things, the bills mandate drug testing for certain people applying for food stamps and public housing. This hour, we’ll discuss the changing state of welfare policy, nationally and in Wisconsin.

Episode Credits

  • Kate Archer Kent Host
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Claire Brown Guest