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State budget committee approves drug testing for public benefits

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Wisconsin residents who receive unemployment insurance, Medicaid, Food Share and W-2 benefits would be subject to drug testing under a budget provision approved by the Joint Finance Committee Tuesday.

Republicans added money to the original proposal put forth by Gov. Scott Walker (R-Wisconsin), which will cost $1 million total over two-years for the W-2 and UI programs. 

But the proposals that were approved to drug test Medicaid and Food Share recipients did not have a dollar amount attached to them.

People who receive benefits would be selected for drug-testing based on how they answer a certain pre-screening questions.

Because all of the programs are paid for predominantly with federal dollars, the state would need approval from Washington, D.C. to implement the testing.

The four Democrats on the committee all voted against the proposal.
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