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State drug-test program leads to denial of welfare to 5

By John Moritz

This article was published August 5, 2016 at 5:45 a.m.



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A statewide program to screen some new welfare applicants for drug use has led to five people being denied government benefits over a four-month period, according to Department of Workforce Services data.



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PenLR says... August 5, 2016 at 8:56 a.m.

Thank you for not letting my hard earned tax dollars go to drug use!!!

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Queen1976 says... August 5, 2016 at 8:59 a.m.

It's about time that they be accountable if they are given our tax money!

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PerdHapley says... August 5, 2016 at 9:29 a.m.

Testing drugs on welfare recipients? Not good. We should heed the lessons of MKUltra which created Eleven and the Demogorgon.

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3WorldState1 says... August 5, 2016 at 9:43 a.m.

GOP=Big government. Maybe we should drug test people that get an interest deduction for their home? Depreciation? Charitable giving? Deferred taxation, bankruptcy etc tec. Where will the big GOP gov machine stop?

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Whippersnapper says... August 5, 2016 at 10:01 a.m.

3rd Grade Reader:
Welfare = money these people are receiving that they never paid in, on the backs of tax payers
Tax deduction = return of a small portion of the money to a taxpayer that that same taxpayer already paid in
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So, unless you believe that every dollar rightfully belongs to the government (as I know some liberals believe), the first is a case of taking money from its rightful owner to re-distribute to someone else and the second case is returning money to its rightful owner. Which of those two propositions should have strings attached? Oh yeah, taking money from its rightful owner to hand out to someone else.
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It is actually SMALLER government when you REDUCE the number of welfare recipients and handouts (and it is SMALLER government when you reduce taxes as well), so there is nothing inconsistent with these conservative positions.

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Dontsufferfools says... August 5, 2016 at 10:13 a.m.

Time to start drug testing SS and Medicare recipients, too. Er, sorry MrChuck, but I think your prescriptions will hold up. Your doctor hasn't been indicted, yet.

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hurricane46 says... August 5, 2016 at 10:41 a.m.

If they deny them welfare for drug use can they also deny welfare for being too lazy to get a job?, just wondering.

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Packman says... August 5, 2016 at 11:13 a.m.

Like voter ID laws, this issue helps illustrate a fundamental difference between conservatives and liberals. Conservatives believe a cornerstone of our democracy is personal responsibility and accountability as the price of individual liberty. Libs believe a cornerstone of our democracy is unfettered government handouts with no individual accountability or responsibility. These fundamental differences can be noted in some shape, form, or fashion on almost any issue. Which is just one more reason I'm proud to say I'm a conservative and not a f'ing lib.

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Dontsufferfools says... August 5, 2016 at 12:03 p.m.

Packman equals Manichean
(Now he has to call on his neighbor to borrow a dictionary)

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Tigermule says... August 5, 2016 at 12:03 p.m.

I have a job that provides the revenue stream that makes me self sufficient. To get that job, I had to pass a drug screen test and am subject to random drug testing.
Seems reasonable that drug testing is a requirement for the welfare recipients.

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