Test the wealthy!

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a printout of the results of a drug testing analysis

Representative Gwen Moore proposes drug testing any receivers of government support.

From The Cap Times:

Taking a page from the playbook of Republicans like Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore wants to drug test people who receive support from the government.

But rather than targeting welfare recipients, the Milwaukee Democrat is looking at the country’s wealthiest citizens.

Moore on Thursday introduced the “Top 1% Accountability Act,” which would require any taxpayer claiming an itemized deduction of more than $150,000 to submit to the IRS a clear drug test, or to take the lower standard deduction.

Walker’s proposal to drug test for some recipients of public benefits was approved in the state budget last summer.

The proposal requires applicants for state-run job training programs such as Wisconsin Works to answer a questionnaire that screens for drug abuse. Based on the results of that screening, a drug test could be required.

Those who fail the test would be required to receive state-funded treatment in order to remain eligible for job training. One positive test would be allowed during treatment. Those requirements would also apply to some recipients of federal SNAP benefits who are required to participate in the FoodShare Employment Training Program and to some applicants for unemployment insurance.

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