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61% say food stamp and welfare recipients should be drug tested




CHICAGO – While GOP State Senator Jason Barickman breaks with GOP ranks and declares his support for legalizing recreational marijuana in Illinois, anticipating a vote in the near future, Illinois' neighbor just to the north is heading in another direction: accountability to taxpayers. 

It's a move the majority of Americans agree with, a new Rasmussen survey says

Wisconsin is moving forward with a plan to drug test some food stamp recipients, and most voters nationwide would like to see a similar plan in the state they live in.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 61% of Likely U.S. Voters believe any American applying for food stamps in their state should be drug tested. Just 31% disagree. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Ironically, five years ago, Barickman's Senate seat predecessor state Senator Shane Cultra introduced legislation that would have required Medicaid recipients to be drug tested.  The reform would have cut costs and reduce abuses by requiring recipients to undergo mandatory drug testing to determine eligibility. A recipient would have also been required to pass random drug screenings as prescribed by the Department of Human Services or the Department of Healthcare and Family Services. 

Cultra's legislation was blocked by Democrat leadership.

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  1. florida paid millions to the businesses run by the Governors wife and they found so few folks the program LOST money. But the wife made $$$$$$.
    Drug testing is easy money to the drug testing companies lining GOP pockets.

  2. The government takes our money in the form of “taxes.” It is taken from us by threat of FORCE.
    In other words, WE are “paying” the welfare recipients. As I see it, that makes US their “employers.”
    Therefore, as “employers” we have the right to determine their “conditions of employment.”
    One condition should be; “You WILL be drug-tested to receive OUR money!”