Missouri To Drug Test Welfare Recipients
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The law in Missouri is currently in effect, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) signed the legislation which can ban a drug users benefits for 3 years if they test positive. The legislation was changed however to give druggies a way to still get their hands on tax payer money while sponging up more of it; enter a rehab program. If a Welfare recipient tests positive then they can accept treatment and keep their benefits or they can refuse and lose benefits for three years. How many do you think will refuse?
While Missouri got their toothless legislation passed it’s better than most states are doing with similar bills. Several states have tried to implement similar policies for their Welfare departments only to see them die in the state legislature or the courts.
This bill in Colorado got the boot because politicians felt that it would make the poor feel like criminals.
The ACLU is leading the charge against these bills in most states where they are being considered, 23 in all, but common sense seems to finally be gripping the nation.
•At least 10 states are considering bills that would require photo identification for food stamps or electronic benefit cards.
•At least two states — Ohio and Tennessee — are considering restricting or eliminating eligibility for those convicted of drug felonies.
•At least two states —North Carolina and New Jersey— are considering requiring people to perform community service to receive government help.
The bottom line is that if you would like public assistance in the form of receiving money or benefits then you shouldn’t be spending our money on drugs or cashing the check and kicking it at home without trying to get off the benefits. If an insurance company can spy on you to ensure that you’re actually entitled to workmans comp then why can’t the state verify if you’re not a drug addict?
A state has finally come up with an excellent idea although it seems like it should have been passed long ago. Missouri’s House has passed a bill that is now being debated within the state senate. If passed it would allow the state to drug test recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families if they’re suspected of using illegal drugs. This comes after a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services study found that nearly 10% of people receiving government assistance were using illegal drugs compared to 6% of those who receive no assistance. Those who oppose this bill say that drug testing is “too expensive” for a state suffering from budget problems. Incidentally the average cost of drug testing in this country is only $42 according to the ACLU and the average government assistance check is $1,075 a month – even as a product of our own public education system I damn well know spending $42 to save over a thousand dollars a month is great math!
How was this not passed with the creation of Welfare? Considering the recipients of the money are receiving tax payer money why shouldn’t we ensure they’re not using it to support their habit? While drug testing is expensive I think the state would still come out ahead. If they catch a person using drugs while on Welfare and they cancel their checks then the state won’t have to pay out months of benefits. Many of you reading this are forced to submit to a random drug test at work and those companies don’t seem to be sweating the costs. Even state employees are subject to random drug tests so why not test those who’re receiving state funds?
The Missouri bill was amended so that it does not discriminate against race or ethnicity although if it works like the “random” airport screenings then I’m sure I can guess who will be tested. Even considering that potential problem it seems like a brilliant idea. Many people do not want their hard earned money being given to crack addicts so they can purchase drugs. I know I don’t. Currently it seems that most states just write checks without seeing who the money is going to and they only schedule an appointment to see if you’re alive so frankly it’s about damn time someone reels it back in.
Currently only six states,
- New Jersey
require drug testing for welfare recipients however it only applies to convicted felons and recent parolees. I think that all states should have similar laws in place so that they can ensure money isn’t being wasted in several places. If you think about it the states without this bill are potentially funding druggies and then they’re having to pay the police force to fight the “war on drugs.” Its a cycle that cannot be broken until laws like the one in Missouri are passed in every state. In a time where every state is broke or sinking fast it should be the states number one priority to ensure money is not being wasted on people who do not deserve it.Source: GOOD