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Drug testing welfare recipients

A bill in the Kansas Legislature would require a third of the state’s welfare recipients to undergo drug testing at their own cost. If the results are negative, the money would be refunded. A couple of positive results and the person is no longer a welfare recipient.
Sounds like a good idea, right?
They tried it in Florida until a federal judge issued a temporary injunction to stop it. 32 of 7,000 screened applicants tested positive. The state had to reimburse the $25 to $45 cost for all who tested negative. It was a pretty expensive witch hunt that produced relatively few druggies on the public dole.
In fact, it’s a smaller percentage than the estimates of illegal drug users in the general population … at about 9%.
That means if we drug tested public employees and corporate big shots on the same basis, we would probably see a lot of decent, hard-working people losing their jobs.
Our thought for today is from Ken Olsen:
“The nicest thing about standards is that there are so many of them to choose from.”

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02/27/2012 1:09AM
Drug testing welfare recipients
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