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Require drug testing for recipients of all State and Federal Assistance Programs.

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I am writing to you to express my support for testing all recipients of State and Federal Assistance, for the presence of illegal drugs.

Nowhere in our state or U.S. constitutions is it mandated that financial assistance is a right. Make no mistake, it is a privilege afforded to those in need by the taxpayers via our federal and state governments. Also, unemployment compensation premiums are currently paid by the employer, not the employee; however that may change very soon. We should also remember that illicit drug use is illegal. It is a crime that has criminal penalties.

I think it's time that we get serious about the problem of illegal drug users abusing our public assistance system. We should require random drug testing for every individual receiving welfare, food assistance or unemployment benefits. After all, more and more employers are requiring drug testing. Why not make sure that people who are supposed to be looking for work are already prequalified by being drug free?

Furthermore, encouraging just one drug addicted, welfare supported mother or father, to get clean, would save potentially thousands upon thousands of dollars. For every child born who is inflicted with a lifelong drug abuse related disease, the taxpayer?s incurred expense could be in the hundreds of thousands and potentially millions of dollars.

Opponents claim that this legislation will hurt the children. Evidence clearly indicates that drug addicted parents are the ones truly inflicting the harm. This bill actually helps to protect the children. Someone who fails a drug test will be given two months to get clean before assistance is cut off. Any good parent would clearly choose their children?s best interest over illegal drugs. And, maybe financial resources or the lack there of will be a greater cessation motivator than the addiction itself. Remember, the upfront drug testing expense is minimal compared to the backside taxpayer incurred burden.

As for the constitutional issue, it has never been considered by the US Supreme Court. Furthermore, ?Big Brother? already invades welfare recipient?s lives by requiring proof of need via payroll receipts and bank account information. Interestingly enough, employees can get fired from their job for drug usage, yet receive unemployment compensation benefits which in turn drives up the cost of employer paid unemployment premiums.

In essence, I believe that this requirement will be constitutional. Opponents of this bill are either enablers of bad (illegal) behavior, drug abusers or the most despicable of all...have a personal financial interest/gain in the demise of a certain segment of our society. And, they?ve yet to offer a viable alternative to this legislation.

It?s time we start respecting the taxpayer and get serious about fixing this problem.

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1 day ago
Someone from MISSION HILL, SD signed.
February 9, 2017
Kevin G. from Minneapolis, MN writes:
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I think this should be mandatory. I pay my taxes. I want my tax dollars to be represented in a moral manor. I should not have to take care of drug addicts with my tax dollars.
February 2, 2017
Billy P. from Buchanan, TN writes:
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I would like to see anyone that gets any Gov. help be drug tested if we have to be drug free to make the money the ones that receive the money should be drug free also !!!
January 29, 2017
Adam H. from Manchester, NH writes:
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I refuse to support other people's drug addictions in any form.
January 26, 2017
Susan W. from Raymore, MO writes:
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I work as a health care provider in an Emergency Department and see many drug addicted people on Medicaide. They often utilize the 'free' (to them) ER services to attempt to receive narcotics or narcotic prescriptions to sell for more money. They are not being held accountable by anyone. If I, or a fellow employee came to work high we would lose our paycheck...they should too!
1 month ago
Michael A. from San Leandro, CA writes:
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I agree. There are entirely too many recipients (a lot of whom are able to do some type of work) of these benefits. The billions of dollars that are spent on these benefits could be used to restructure our education system, law enforcement system, and other areas of government which needs restructuring. Also, I believe it could be used to offer more programs so these recipients can get the training and/or resources to assist them in becoming productive members of society.
1 month ago
carmen s. from Bronx, NY writes:
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Way to go!!! 110% The right thing to do..Also for people on S.S.I & Social Security..IT SHOULD HAVE BEEN DONE MANY YEARS AGO!!!
December 26, 2016
Someone from Dawson Springs, KY writes:
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I am in complete agreement with the need for drug-testing anyone who receives government benefits. As a tax payer who has chosen to return to school over filing for my disability, I think I absolutely have a say in this. I know of at least 30 people just in my neighborhood who draw checks from the government and use them to buy drugs that are not prescribed to them. The person drawing the benefits should be the one who pays for the tests. I keep hearing that it isn't cost efficient. Who are they buying these tests from? You can get a drug test from the Dollar Tree for a dollar. Stop getting in bed with Big Pharma. They are the ones causing this issue. I think it's time you let the tax payers have some say in their tax dollars. We work ourselves to death, and the government is draining our retirement on people who have some silly issue like anxiety or they learn slow. Hello? When I was a child, that meant you needed more discipline. Stop babying people and giving them our money. If you don't earn your SSI, you should absolutely be drug-tested and there should be more tests for those adults using ADD as an excuse. Parents are the worst when it comes to getting checks for kids. You can't trust them. They are the reason so many kids are going bad. If our government doesn't step in and stop the free-bleeding of us taxpayers money, who will? My nephew is trying to get SSI now, and he doesn't qualify in my eyes. He's had one job in his life. But, he prefers to smoke pot and be lazy. So, he wants to get his check back that his drug-addict mother got him as a child. That's the kind of people we're allowing to be bread now. It's an epidemic. If we don't stop it now, what happens to the social security for us who actually put in the hours and work? It's time we get serious and fix this problem.
December 25, 2016
Angel A. from Seattle, WA writes:
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Wow. My apologies for the horrendous grammar/spelling. I had actually tried to format as well but those effects were wasted anyhow this is embarrassing.
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Angel A. from Puyallup, WA writes:
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Little too idealistic, If they can drug screen for fafsa, they can screen before ANYTHING requiring government approval.That's ultimately all the fafsa form is, a request to receive a share of a fund you've been paying into Look, a clean drug addict. I got clean and and tried the working thing and decided I needed more education So I'm speaking from a lot of experience with drugs and a and people who couldn't move to a better place. as well as few a few classes in politics. A if there's no reason to suspect you may be using drugs it becomes a test to see if you've been in proximity of anything that can be smoked. If it's determined that you are positive, you voluntarily took a drug test for the federal government. It's pass or be prosecuted at that point. funding for college or fine and/or jail. Don't try to say there can be an exception. if that's the best you got start googling. B People in low income housing can't always choose to life far enough away from drugs to not come in contact. do you have any idea how many different kinds of smoke blew through the vents alone? We would essentially be screening out the lower Class. the ones that could benefit the most from the education. C: This won't end up being seen as a one single test for federal help eligibility. It will be broken down much more finely than that. It well be seen as a condition upon asking federal approval. And instead of every time, It will be at will/random. you give them this inch, they will bypass us (the voters) and go straight to congress for the right to drug testing as a condition of government approval to the municipal level, People will be drug testing for drivers licenses and State ID cards. D Marijuana is legal in my state. But it's not legal at the federal level. For those who don't know what that means, it makes selling this stuff a cash only business because if the feds disagree with it, you can't work directly with a bank. not even to accept card transactions. If the already effects us like that, and it being easy to be near an apartment where someone is smoking If I test positive in for pot you don't get to go to school regardless of it being legal in my state,. and I get marked with an nonpunishable narcotics infraction. On top of all that, do you realize how much it costs to run each test in a lab? I 'm not talking about those do-it-yourself ones. Those are cheap and easy to trick. and would never hold up to scrutiny if anyone had to defend the sample evidence in $65 is the median ($50-$80). Fafsa is if the government could do it for half that (which i cant) more money, will be spent on drug tests than the loss of money it's supposed to prevent. See the funny thing is that somehow people about people scamming the system and make this weird assumption that theirs a bunch of addicts lining up to go back to school which is a laughable concept. If you seriously believe that there's a huge drain on faff because of addicts taking excess funds that didn't go for class es and getting high instead of showing up.then I don't believe you've ever been truly addicted to anything that is really dangerous. I tried to do it. ironically it was that was the hurdle that stopped me. (not saying it's a good enough deterrent as is although an argument certainly could almost be made). I got all me other paperwork in. my transcripts from my other schools and colleges (I did a community college university already prior and on student loan ). I was mostly rand I was burned out. I was hurting for cash (guess why) and getting dope sand barley getting enough heroin at a time to make me feel ok. not okay enough to look for my tax info or any of that though not to mention a long form to fill out. I couldn't do it. didn't end up going. I after a hospital visit I from an overdose I decided to clean up and did a suboxone program. I did my first quarter back last quarter. I'm not telling you this for any emotional reaction reaction. . But I can assure you, Fighting drugs by using fafsa as a proxy is a terrible and ineffective plane that will hurt our constitutional rights way more that it will clean up our schools/pool of fafsa recipients. I volunteer at a charity. Don't make me out to be a saint just yet, it's not like I always have a choice. one of my parent's is the director of this charity that helps thee homeless or the families barely getting by. Being like that once, you don't mind getting draft ed into helping here and there. But what I've observed, its being on both sides of it, something has got to change with those food stamps.. we need to keep finding ways to devalue them to anyone other than intended. until the dealers have to go grocery shopping with the addicts those cards are still currency. we also need to me drug programs more accessible. My little brother is out on the streets. and he's out there because he refuses to go to treatment. Bot there are so man people that would get help if they could; there's people barely hanging on to jobs because and behind on rent paying just enough to stay ahead of an eviction notice If they got to rehab, they they lose everything and end up with a bill they can't even make payments on. You'll do a lot more good thinning the market bu helping people get clean than you will keeping age kid from going to school because the smoked pot too close the the fafs drug test.besides, that's when you really start, when you should be in school and you're board and no one will hire you. . http://health.costhelper.com/drug-alcohol-test.html ) I'm not putting my real name on this an risk people at my school seeing it but that's my nickname. you can also cach me at http://www.angelxaces.weebly.com it's not finished by a long shot but I have a blog with a comment section. and I'll respond here too.