Testing 1, 2, 3: Ricky Perry Supports Drug Testing for Those Getting Government Assistance

15 Nov

Rick Perry waded into the waters of government assistance by joining those who support drug testing as a requirement to receive those funds.

“Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called on the Texas Legislature to enact reforms to the state’s welfare and unemployment benefit programs, including authorizing drug screenings for those applying for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits.”

Many people are unaware of what the TANF and UI are and do. A brief summary from the article explains:

“TANF provides temporary cash assistance to needy families with children as families pursue financial independence. UI benefits are paid to eligible individuals from taxes paid by employers. The system insures employees against loss of wages when they lose their job through no fault of their own, providing financial assistance for a fixed period of time while the individual seeks new employment.”

Apparently there are those feel this requirement would negatively affect those who receive those government funds. Logically though it makes very good sense. Once money is taken from tax payers it needs to be spend in the most efficient manner possible by the government, be it on the local, state or federal level. One way to accomplish this goal is to make sure those receiving tax payer funds are using it as intended.

There is already misuse of government assistance right now. Doing something as simple as a drug test is not a burden to those who truly need the temporary help till they can get back to a financial position of not needing it. If people are willing and able to take a drug test to get a private sector job there is clearly no problem with requiring the same thing when receiving temporary government assistance.

State Senator Jane Nelson has headed the call of Perry and Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst by pre-filing a bill in the Texas Senate which would require drug screening/testing for TANF applicants.

“I appreciate Gov. Perry’s support as we work to ensure that taxpayer dollars are used responsibly in our welfare system,” Sen. Nelson said. “We must ensure that recipients of these public funds are drug-free and, in keeping with the mission of this program, on a path to self-sufficiency.”

Below is a video of the announcement:

Source –

Office of the Governor

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One Response to “Testing 1, 2, 3: Ricky Perry Supports Drug Testing for Those Getting Government Assistance”

  1. Tink November 15, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    Works for me!

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