Denton Publications is reporting that Warren County leaders are urging that recipients of welfare payments in New York state be tested for drugs.
A resolution supporting the idea passed on Friday, according to an article penned by Thom Randall:
Ralph Bentley of Horicon contended that taxpayer money paid to some welfare recipients freed up their personal funds to be spent on drugs — so in effect the county was supporting drug habits. Mandatory testing, he said, would be effective in preventing such expenditures.
“All our highway employees have to go for random drug and alcohol testing, and if the test is positive, they’re fired and lose their license,” Bentley said. “Why shouldn’t freeloaders be subject to the same rules as people who work?”
Other supervisors raised constitutional and practical questions, according to the article, which you can read in full here. But according to DenPubs, the local resolution passed supporting a statewide law.
What do you think? A good idea to make sure welfare recipients are clean and sober? If you’re forced to look to government for help supporting your family, would you be comfortable being forced to take a blood test?