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Minnesota Passes Controversial Drug Testing Law For Welfare Recipients

Posted by on Dec. 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM
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Minnesota Passes Controversial Drug Testing Law For Welfare Recipients

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Poor families, and taxpayers, may be the real targets of a new Minnesota law meant to stop drug users from receiving welfare.

The law was meant to save taxpayers money by making welfare recipients more accountable. However, the mandatory drug testing policy comes with a host of local mandates, rules, and paperwork that taxpayers will be forced to help fund, only to affect a handful of 167,000 Minnesota residents on welfare.

Rep. Steve Drazkowski, the Republican who sponsored the legislation, said he wrote the law to address concerns in his hometown over drug users abusing the welfare system.

“The question is, ‘What is happening to our dollars?’ ” Drazkowski asked. “Are the dollars going into someone’s veins? Or to the kids? Drug testing addresses that.”

But research indicates that the perception of welfare recipients as drug users is incorrect. A Department of Human Services analysis found that Minnesota’s welfare program benefits low-income families that are much less likely have felony drug convictions than the general population.

 “I don’t think anyone is under the illusion that this is about saving taxpayers money,” said Heidi Welsch, director of family support and assistance for Olmsted County. “This is punitive.”

According to the legislation, officials at the county level will now be required to “randomly” test welfare recipients who the DHS identifies as having been convicted of a felony drug offense. While the law passed with little debate, county officials are now faced with enforcing the cumbersome and expensive drug testing measures.

Minnesota is one of at least nine states that have passed legislation requiring drug testing or screening to qualify for public assistance. Some stipulate that the drug testing only applies to those who are believed to have a substance abuse problem.

Sources: Star Tribune, St. Cloud Times

by on Dec. 31, 2013 at 3:04 PM
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EireLass
by Ruby Member on Dec. 31, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Am I confused? I thought if you had a felony conviction you couldn't recieve welfare anyway.....so why not fire the workers that accepted the application in the first place?

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Dec. 31, 2013 at 6:30 PM
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Are they testing everyone that get corporate welfare too?

PinkButterfly66
by Gold Member on Dec. 31, 2013 at 6:35 PM
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Leave it to the Republicans to pass a law that will end up costing more money than it actually saves.  And the cherry on the top is that it humiliates the poor to boot.

survivorinohio
by René on Dec. 31, 2013 at 6:41 PM
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Most drugs clear the system quickly.

furbabymum
by on Dec. 31, 2013 at 6:49 PM
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 They test the strength of their pocket book by seeing how much money they can ram into it. :D Same thing right?

Quoting Woodbabe:

Are they testing everyone that get corporate welfare too?

 

Chaos1229
by Tasha on Dec. 31, 2013 at 6:53 PM
I wonder how long this is going to last.
btamilee
by Silver Member on Dec. 31, 2013 at 7:12 PM
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 Exactly how does it humiliate the poor?  If they are not doing drugs...whats the big deal?   My husband gets drug tested at least once a year at his job.  He has nothing to hide, so its not a big deal.  If those who are helping to pay for Welfare have to be tested at their jobs, then why not those who receive the welfare?

Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Leave it to the Republicans to pass a law that will end up costing more money than it actually saves.  And the cherry on the top is that it humiliates the poor to boot.

 

cjsbmom
by Lois Lane on Dec. 31, 2013 at 7:12 PM
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So....we're trading the taxpayers' huge contribution to the welfare benefits that help to "keep" other people and replacing it with the cost of all of this repeated drug testing. Yep. Huge savings to the taxpayers there! *facepalm*

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Dec. 31, 2013 at 7:14 PM
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Yeah, cuz it's worked so well in other states. Stupid. I wonder who has interest in the labs doing the testing for this state? Went straight to the gov in Fla.

I will only consider supporting this kind of legislation if they start drug testing anyone who gets govt money, lawmakers first.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Dec. 31, 2013 at 7:16 PM
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Quoting PinkButterfly66:

Leave it to the Republicans to pass a law that will end up costing more money than it actually saves.  And the cherry on the top is that it humiliates the poor to boot.

We all know the poor need to be humiliated more. If they hadn't chosen to be poor, this wouldn't be a problem.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

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