Welfare Abusers in 12 States Just Got Some Brutal Bad News

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I support this

Lets get it expanded to cover all 50 states

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In most states, people collecting welfare can “earn” more money than if they worked full time at a minimum wage job, and these welfare payouts can take up roughly one-quarter to one-third of eachindividual state’s budget.

In order to cut down on these insanely high and growing costs, many states have moved to crack down on waste, fraud and abuse in their welfare programs.

One method many states have chosen to do this, and that 12 more states are now seriously looking at, is through drug testing for welfare recipients, the theory being that if someone has enough money to buy and use drugs, they don’t need or deserve welfare assistance from taxpayers.

Of course liberals will weep and wail and gnash their teeth, calling the drug testing of welfare recipients cruel, unfair and discriminatory, apparently oblivious to the fact that a majority of the workers who pay the taxes that fund welfare were required to pass a drug test in order to get their jobs

Welfare Abusers in 12 States Just Got Some Brutal Bad News
 

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Those drug tests make conservatives feel good but they yield painfully few violators

A waste of taxpayer dollars
 

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Wouldn't drug testing all welfare recipients cost more? Who is expected to pay for that additional expense?
Take it out of my taxes

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So you'll pay an enormous sum for drug testing which may or may not be effective, but you'd deny food to a poor household because you think government largess is unconstitutional.
 

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Those drug tests make conservatives feel good but they yield painfully few violators

A waste of taxpayer dollars
Lets put it to the test and find out

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What 7 States Discovered After Spending More Than 1 Million Drug Testing Welfare Recipients ThinkProgress

According to state data gathered by ThinkProgress, the seven states with existing programs — Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah — are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ferret out very few drug users. The statistics show that applicants actually test positive at a lower rate than the drug use of the general population. The national drug use rate is 9.4 percent. In these states, however, the rate of positive drug tests to total welfare applicants ranges from 0.002 percent to 8.3 percent, but all except one have a rate below 1 percent. Meanwhile, they’ve collectively spent nearly $1 million on the effort, and millions more may have to be spent in coming years.
 

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You do realize that only progressives will take anything thinkprogress puts out seriously right, or should that be left wingers posing as rightwingers?
Those drug tests make conservatives feel good but they yield painfully few violators

A waste of taxpayer dollars
Lets put it to the test and find out

-Geaux
What 7 States Discovered After Spending More Than 1 Million Drug Testing Welfare Recipients ThinkProgress

According to state data gathered by ThinkProgress, the seven states with existing programs — Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah — are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ferret out very few drug users. The statistics show that applicants actually test positive at a lower rate than the drug use of the general population. The national drug use rate is 9.4 percent. In these states, however, the rate of positive drug tests to total welfare applicants ranges from 0.002 percent to 8.3 percent, but all except one have a rate below 1 percent. Meanwhile, they’ve collectively spent nearly $1 million on the effort, and millions more may have to be spent in coming years.
 
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Those drug tests make conservatives feel good but they yield painfully few violators

A waste of taxpayer dollars
Lets put it to the test and find out

-Geaux
What 7 States Discovered After Spending More Than 1 Million Drug Testing Welfare Recipients ThinkProgress

According to state data gathered by ThinkProgress, the seven states with existing programs — Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah — are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ferret out very few drug users. The statistics show that applicants actually test positive at a lower rate than the drug use of the general population. The national drug use rate is 9.4 percent. In these states, however, the rate of positive drug tests to total welfare applicants ranges from 0.002 percent to 8.3 percent, but all except one have a rate below 1 percent. Meanwhile, they’ve collectively spent nearly $1 million on the effort, and millions more may have to be spent in coming years.
Money well spent..

'If only one can be saved'

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Wouldn't drug testing all welfare recipients cost more? Who is expected to pay for that additional expense?
Take it out of my taxes

-Geaux
So you'll pay an enormous sum for drug testing which may or may not be effective, but you'd deny food to a poor household because you think government largess is unconstitutional.
Nice projecting,nobody said anything about taking food from anyone,but you,waste and fraud was.
 

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You do realize that only progressives will take anything thinkprogress puts out seriously right, or should that be left wingers posing as rightwingers?
Those drug tests make conservatives feel good but they yield painfully few violators

A waste of taxpayer dollars
Lets put it to the test and find out

-Geaux
What 7 States Discovered After Spending More Than 1 Million Drug Testing Welfare Recipients ThinkProgress

According to state data gathered by ThinkProgress, the seven states with existing programs — Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah — are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ferret out very few drug users. The statistics show that applicants actually test positive at a lower rate than the drug use of the general population. The national drug use rate is 9.4 percent. In these states, however, the rate of positive drug tests to total welfare applicants ranges from 0.002 percent to 8.3 percent, but all except one have a rate below 1 percent. Meanwhile, they’ve collectively spent nearly $1 million on the effort, and millions more may have to be spent in coming years.

Feel free to show any data that shows these drug tests are making a difference
 
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Wouldn't drug testing all welfare recipients cost more? Who is expected to pay for that additional expense?
Take it out of my taxes

-Geaux
So you'll pay an enormous sum for drug testing which may or may not be effective, but you'd deny food to a poor household because you think government largess is unconstitutional.
Please, as a leftist, please, please quit preaching fiscal responsibility

You're killing me

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Please, as a leftist, please, please quit preaching fiscal responsibility

You're killing me

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Please please as a two time scrub43 voter the man who crashed our economy put two wars and the Medicare Part D benefit on the credit card then gave an unprecedented war time tax cut ...please do not even bring up fiscal responsibility
 

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Shouldn't farmers who receive taxpayer funded crop subsidies have to prove they are not wasting the money on drugs?
 

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Wouldn't drug testing all welfare recipients cost more? Who is expected to pay for that additional expense?
Yeah, $10 piss-test is so much more expensive than life on the dole.

Welfare needs a tattoo test too,; you got money for tattoos, you don't need my help.
 

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Those drug tests make conservatives feel good but they yield painfully few violators

A waste of taxpayer dollars
Lets put it to the test and find out

-Geaux
Stupid assed Republicans already have. As expected, it was a dismal failure....

What 7 States Discovered After Spending More Than $1 Million Drug Testing Welfare Recipients
According to state data gathered by ThinkProgress, the seven states with existing programs — Arizona, Kansas, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Utah — are spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to ferret out very few drug users. The statistics show that applicants actually test positive at a lower rate than the drug use of the general population. The national drug use rate is 9.4 percent. In these states, however, the rate of positive drug tests to total welfare applicants ranges from 0.002 percent to 8.3 percent, but all except one have a rate below 1 percent. Meanwhile, they’ve collectively spent nearly $1 million on the effort, and millions more may have to be spent in coming years.


What 7 States Discovered After Spending More Than 1 Million Drug Testing Welfare Recipients ThinkProgress




Other states that have introduced drug testing programs have seen negligible results. In 2013, Utah’s drug testing program for welfare recipients caught 12 drug users out of the 4,700 people who were screened that year. Similarly, in the first month of a drug testing program that began in Tennessee this summer, one person tested positive for drugs and four refused to be tested out of 812 individuals who applied to the program.

Michigan s Welfare Drug-Testing Program Will Ultimately Harm Kids Critics Say
 

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