Madison food bank, mayor upset over Walker’s drug testing proposal
A local food bank is upset about a plan Gov. Scott Walker has proposed in his state budget.
Walker wants to drug test people who receive unemployment or FoodShare assistance.
Leaders at Second Harvest Foodbank, along with Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, argue the drug testing will do more harm than good.
Second Harvest leaders point to how much the drug tests cost as one issue.
“We don’t think that in other states that have incorporated drug testing or looked at it that the expense that’s incurred for the tests that are used anywhere are comparable to the number of people that are asked to leave the program because they failed the test,” Second Harvest CEO Dan Stein said.
In Florida, a similar measure was struck down by a federal appeals court.
The three-judge panel argued drug tests violate the Fourth Amendment over unreasonable searches.