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Ohio gov: Welfare drug testing could be beneficial

Published: Fri, May 18, 2012 @ 10:30 a.m.

Ohio gov: Welfare drug testing could be beneficial


Ohio Gov. John Kasich says creating a pilot program to tie welfare benefits to clean drug tests would help protect tax dollars and provide help for people who are poor and using drugs.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the Republican says such a program could be an opportunity for advocates for the poor to help tackle drug abuse.

Critics have suggested the program would be an attack on the poor, but Kasich says he doesn’t see it that way.

GOP state lawmakers had added the contentious pilot program to a wide-ranging midterm budget bill being considered by the Legislature, but the provision was removed this week before the legislation cleared the Senate.

The welfare drug-testing provision is expected to be taken up in a separate bill later.


1doowoptokidrock(325 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

All employers require you to be clean so the ones who get free money should be tested also.

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2redeye1(4696 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I'm wondering how long it will take for the bleeding heart liberals get on here and say that it isn't fair. I say let the testing begin, and if they fail, they can NO longer get welfare.benefits or any other Gov't free money

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3howardinyoungstown(591 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Lets start by testing our elected officials from the Governor on down to cities and townships, because they are not tested at this time. It might be a good idea to also test the state and central committee members for all political parties as well.

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4FifthAve(169 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Of course the Gov doesn't see it as an attack. He's got dollar signs in his eyes. He owns the drug testing company. Roll in the money at the expense of poor people.

I agree with Howard. Let's drug test the Gov first. Let's see what kind of prescription drugs he is taking and for what. Let's see what's in his pipe at night.

Drug testing for public assistance is a way to bleed people who are already short on money.

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5cambridge(3101 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

The oil companies receive billions in welfare in the form of tax credits. All employees of those companies should be tested and if one employee fails. those tax credits should be removed.

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6bfpeer(26 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I say let the government test people. Does anyone know how many people sell their foodstamps for drugs and such and their children are starving. If you have enough money to spend on drugs then why aren't you spending it to better the lives of your children! The only sad thing about the whole thing is the people who are truly suffering are the children because the mistakes their parents make.The goverment should be worrying about sterrilizing deadbeat parents! Then they can try to reduce the people in the cycle. Read 'Bridges out of proverty' it changes peoples views on how they look at people.

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7Ytownnative(1062 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

They need to test them for how they can buy a $40k car on welfare

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8walter_sobchak(1979 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Why single out the oil companies? The same tax credits the oil co's get are the same any company can get that deal in foreign countries! This worked for Barry Soetoro when he ran his 2008 campaign against GWB, but it rings hollow now that he has had 3 1/2 years and gas is still over $3.50 per gallon.

Drug testing welfare recipients is a step in the right direction.

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9antieverything(1 comment)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

If I have to be drug tested to come to work and slave my butt off for 40 hours a week, struggle to pay my bills, and go to the grocery store and try to feed my family on $200 a month, then the welfare recipient in front of me in line at Walmart (wearing way better clothing that me, hair and nails done) buying $357 worth of groceries at one time should definitely be drug tested.

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10whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Hand out vegetable seeds instead of food cards, oh and a shovel.

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11xriscross03(1 comment)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

Yea! Test em all!! It worked WONDERS for Florida...


Oh, and, that drug test you take for work is so you don't screw up stockholders money while doing your job...

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12UticaShale(854 comments)posted 2 years, 7 months ago

I knew there existed workers, makers and remnants of the steel-mill-worker mentality. For awhile, I saw on this rag was the vast entitled that spread throughout Youngstown.

After you test 'em, hand them over to me with all your entitled leaders and watch me make 'em sweat for their foodcard, heat, housing, Onbama phone, medical, another foodbank...............they're fat and we need to sweat it out of 'em.

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