Welfare and Drug Testing
In some states such as Florida are trying to pass a law to have all welfare recipients take a drug test if they are applying for assistance. Florida and Kentucky are one of the first states to past this law. The state of Michigan passed this law in 1999 but only lasted five weeks before it was stopped by a judge. An appeals court ruled it unconstitutional after a four year legal battle. The drug testing bill was a priority for Scott. It will require anyone applying for temporary government assistance to pass the test before receiving benefits.
Applicants will have to pay for the tests themselves and will be reimbursed if they pass. Is it fair or is it a waste of money? (www.cbsnews.com)
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What is welfare? Welfare in the United States commonly refers to the federal government welfare programs that have been put in place to assist the unemployed or underemployed. Help is extended to the poor through a variety of government welfare programs that include Medicaid, the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program, and Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC). (www.welfareinfo.org)
Although drug testing is a great idea, it cost millions of dollars to make it possible. The purpose of the bill is to ensure that the money is not used to buy drugs and used to help take care of the basic needs of low-income families. Critics are arguing that this bill is an invasion of privacy. There are programs for the welfare recipient that helps them find jobs. They teach them how to write résumé’s and other job skills that have random drug test to be in the program. I do agree that there are some who are abusing the system in order to get ahead. They walk around in the latest fashions, hair flawless, and have no job or the desire to find one. There are struggling families out there trying to make a better life for their kids. They go to school and they work and should not be punished because...