Should Texas Make Welfare Applicants Submit a Drug Test? [POLL]
Drug testing for welfare applicants? It’s already a hot topic and the legislative session hasn’t even started yet. Yesterday Governor Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced that they would back Senate Bill 11. According to the Texas Tribune:
Senate Bill 11 would require applicants to the Texas Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to undergo a drug test. If applicants fail the test, they would not be eligible to apply again for a full year, unless they attended a substance abuse treatment program. The bill was written by state Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, and several other Republican lawmakers.
“This will help prevent tax dollars from going into the pockets of drug abusers,” Gov. Rick Perry said Tuesday at a news conference. He said that the goal of the bill is to “empower every Texan to reach their potential,” because “being on drugs makes it harder to begin the journey to independence.”
States like Florida have had systems like this in place and it hasn’t seemed to have worked well. In fact, the State of Florida actually spent more money on the drug testing than what they saved. So is it worth it? Let us know what you think in today’s KFYO Poll of the Day.