Wisconsin plans to require drug test for food stamp recipients

Daily News Article - December 6, 2017


1. The first paragraph of a news article should answer the questions who, what, where and when. List the who, what, where and when of this news item. (NOTE: The remainder of a news article provides details on the why and/or how.)

2. a) When did the Republican-controlled Wisconsin legislature approve the Governor’s proposal?
b) Why has the plan not yet been implemented?

3. On what grounds did a federal appeals court in 2014 block a Florida drug test requirement for food stamp recipients?

4. How will the drug test requirement help people who have substance use disorders?

5. a) How many people are on welfare programs in Wisconsin?
b) Who/how many would be required to take part in drug testing to receive their benefits?

6. If not blocked by the federal government or federal courts, Wisconsin would be the first state to implement such a requirement. How many other states have asked the federal government for permission to drug test?

7. a) How much would the drug treatment program cost for those who test positive each year?
b) Where would the money come from?

8. The Daily Caller reports: “When Wisconsin and states have proposed limitations on food stamps in the past — like drug testing or preventing welfare dollars from being used on sugary foods and soft drinks — the federal courts and the government have blocked those states’ rules from going into effect.” What do you think: should the state be able to require drug testing for single people who do not have children who are participating in government assistance programs? Explain your answer.