MADISON- Governor Scott Walker is facing heat from Democrats after liberals pointed out that Walker has been pushing for greater drug testing for public benefits despite taking a major donation from the marijuana industry. The Republican Governor’s Association, which Walker chairs, accepted a $25,000 donation from the National Cannabis Industry Association earlier this year. Democratic leaders in the legislature, including Rep. Jimmy Anderson and Sen. LaTonya Johnson, joined the group One Wisconsin for a press conference denouncing Walker.
Laurel White at Wisconsin Public Radio reports:
Democrats are calling Gov. Scott Walker a “hypocrite” for accepting a political donation from a pro-marijuana group while pushing more drug testing for public benefits recipients in Wisconsin.
Walker chairs the Republican Governors Association, which accepted a $25,000 donation from the National Cannabis Industry Association earlier this year.
On Tuesday, liberal group One Wisconsin Now called out the donation hypocritical, citing Walker’s continued push for more drug testing for public benefits recipients.
“While Scott Walker wants to deny poor people food, health care and job training if they test positive for marijuana, he’s taking money from the marijuana trade industry,” said Scot Ross, director of One Wisconsin Now.
Wisconsin already tests participants in its welfare-to-work program for drug use. The state is seeking a federal waiver to begin drug testing in its Medicaid program, and the governor has also proposed drug testing for some food stamp recipients.
“Gov. Walker’s hypocrisy in playing politics with people who need health care access is extremely appalling,” said Sen. LaTonya Johnson, D-Milwaukee.
Read more at Wisconsin Public Radio.