If a citizen is on government assistance, do we have the right to expect certain standards from that individual? Isn’t the idea of state assistance to help an individual through a hard time?
If someone chooses to abuse illegal drugs while recieving money from the state, I don’t believe that person should continue to get assistance. Rep. Mark Kirkeby plans to propose legislation to require those on assistance to take a drug test.
His bill will be “pretty identical” to one Kirkeby brought in 2011. If passed, state officials would have the discretion to demand that a welfare recipient take a drug test. A positive test would make that person ineligible for aid for a year, while refusing to take the test would mean a six-month ban.
“Why in God’s green pastures would we ever allow $1 of tax-supported assistance to go to an individual that is using illegal drugs?” Venner said.
There are many good people on government assistance who have fallen on hard times. That is one of the reasons Kirkeby’s legislation is on the right track. Those who are simply taking advantage of the generosity of the taxpayers should not be allowed to abuse the system. Let’s help the people who need it and stop helping those that take advantage of well intended programs.