Drug test for welfare

2012-03-05T00:00:00Z Drug test for welfare Casper Star-Tribune Online
March 05, 2012 12:00 am


Finally, we have elected officials who are not afraid to implement the best plan for welfare recipients to qualify for benefits that I have heard about.

I have heard many people in my working years question why we are supporting drug habits of those receiving welfare. I had never given it much thought until I became a child care provider and was in the Department of Family Services on a monthly basis to drop off my papers for payment.

However, earlier this month a letter to the editor questioned why people applying for welfare benefits should object to being drug tested. Don't most people have to submit to a drug test to get a job and submit to random tests after they are hired?

The drug testing by companies was a safety issue and for the company to get liability insurance this is a requirement.

Doesn't our tax dollars that contribute to welfare benefits come from these same employees who are submitting to these tests? Why is it then demeaning and degrading for people applying for/receiving welfare to take the drug tests, when a taxpayer who is required to be tested by his employer is not supposed to feel the same way?

If the other requirements to qualify for welfare -- submitting pay stubs, child support benefits received, proof of employment and the number of children living in the household -- must be furnished, why can't we just take the applicant's word that they earn so much, receive no child support and are gainfully employed? That would be the same as "no drug test" to qualify for benefits.

I have heard a young male welfare applicant, while standing in line to turn in my child care papers, state that he quit his job in a local restaurant because he could make more money drawing welfare. So get a better job or a second job until a better job comes along, or better yet go to college or a trade school.

I applaud the Wyoming Legislature for implementing the drug testing to receive benefits while on welfare.

I truly believe we should help the person in need, but not people who are purposely using the system so they cannot be required to maintain a job. There are help wanted ads all over the state, so lack of work is not an excuse.










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