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Mandatory Drug Testing for Welfare Reciepients

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Mandatory drug testing for welfare recipients is right and reasonable in order to stop the habitual offenders of misusing this benefit. Are the hard working drug tested tax payers ready to support this law since it’s the hard earned tax dollars that fund these benefits? The argument stands to reason that we need to take control as employers to stop the misuse of benefits that pay for illegal drugs. Mandatory Drug Testing for Welfare Recipients

            Did you know that as a tax payer, you are considered and employer? Tax payers are considered employers for all of the recipients of state and federal assistance. Welfare recipients are the employees the tax payers. So, let’s make sure as the employers that these funds are not abused by purchasing illegal drugs. Qualifying and receiving welfare is a privilege and NOT a privilege, right or entitlement for being a welfare recipient. In 1996, the Welfare reform Act gave all the states permission to impose mandatory drug testing a prerequisite and guideline to receive and qualify for welfare benefits. Since 1996 there have been numerous states that have argued this idea within their house. Recently  Governor Rick Scott, R Florida, states  “ It's not right for taxpayer money to be paying for somebody's drug addiction,  On top of that, this is going to increase personal responsibility, personal accountability. We shouldn't be subsidizing people's addiction." (Scott, 2011).  The state of Florida approved this bill that took effect July 1, 2011. Governor Scott also stated "It's the right thing for taxpayers," Scott said after signing the measure. "It's the right thing for citizens of this state that need public assistance. We don't want to waste tax dollars. And also, we want to give people an incentive to not use drugs." (Scott, 2011) Florida is not the first state to pass this law; Michigan passed a similar law but was found unconstitutional in 2003. The court states that the law was in violation of the US Fourth...

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