Office of the Governor of Texas
P.O. Box 12428
Austin, Texas 78711-2428
Dear Governor Rick Perry:
I am writing in response to several articles I have read against the drug testing of applicant of public assistance programs. I know that you are currently attempting to pass the State Bill 11 and I would like to solicit some feedback. The State of Texas should administer drug tests to applicants of public assistant programs such as Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, because this would filter out those who could potentially use tax payer dollars on drugs, it would empower applicants to no longer use drugs or to seek help if they are in need of assistance, and it would overall create a healthier more productive society.
Currently the Texas Department of Health and Human Services spends millions of tax payer dollars providing assistance to needy families. The type of assistance provided is in the form of cash dollars for the participant to use as they please. This assistance is also supposed to be temporary assistance. Tax payers have always been concerned for where their tax dollars go to. With the current economy and the increase in unemployment there has been a correlation in increase of drug abuse. If the state drug tested applicants of the TANF program, this would filter out any persons that are actively using drugs. These actively using individuals are more likely to spend the TANF money on drugs to satisfy a possible addiction. Tax payers would feel more at ease if they knew that the government was at least making an attempt to filter out these “system abusers”. If the state can filter these individuals out, in the long run the state will save money.
Not only should these individuals be identified, they should also be given resources to seek treatment. The philosophy of the TANF program is to help families that have children in need of clothing, shelter, food etc. This program was no created for adult...