UPDATE Mar 02 – West Virginia Farm Bureau Endorses HB 3007 drug test recipients of Welfare, Unemployment and Food Assistance

Delegate Craig Blair: 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 in West Virginia. 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? Read More

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Austin ER’s got 2,678 visits from 9 people over 6 years costing $3 million
In the past six years, eight people from Austin and one from Luling racked up 2,678 emergency room visits in Central Texas, costing hospitals, taxpayers and others $3 million, according to a report from a nonprofit made up of hospitals and other providers that care for the uninsured and low-income Central Texans.

One of the nine spent more than a third of last year in the ER: 145 days. That same patient totaled 554 ER visits from 2003 through 2008.

The report that mentioned the nine high-frequency patients didn’t include reasons for all of those ER visits and didn’t identify the patients because of privacy laws. But Kitchen, a former state legislator from Austin, gave a sketch: All nine speak English; three are homeless; five are women whose average age is 40, and four are men whose average age is 50. Seven have a mental health diagnosis and eight have a drug abuse diagnosis. Kitchen said she did not know their citizenship status.
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What do you say about this drug testing recipients of Welfare, Unemployment and Food stamps? I agree with it because there are alot of dead beat drug users getting our tax money. Check out all the polls at the source of this story!

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4 comments on “UPDATE Mar 02 – West Virginia Farm Bureau Endorses HB 3007 drug test recipients of Welfare, Unemployment and Food Assistance

  1. Sounds good to me. I’m no anti-drug crusader, but it would be a good thing for people on the dole to understand that they have no right to other people’s money.

  2. I’m no anti-drug crusader unless its in some way harming my family, home and or using my money for their drugs! I really think all States would be wise to have a law like HB 3007! The polls seem to be high in favor of this in
    West Virginia

  3. I hope they will include Tobacco in the Bill.

    Why should it be any different? It is addictive and totally non-essential. Why should tax-payers pay for people to smoke cigarettes?

    Goodtimepolitics Reply: Tax payers should not have to pay for smoking cigarettes Corry!
    That I agree with you on. Thats why our healthcare should not be free except for the old and military and people should buy health insurance!
    I guess you think its ok for tax payers to pay for couch poltatoes to lay around having babies and watch TV Curry?

    The Southern California mother of octuplets receives $490 a month in food stamps and three of her first six children are disabled and receiving federal assistance, her publicist confirmed Monday evening.
    Spokesman Michael Furtney said Nadya Suleman did not want to disclose the nature of the disabilities, or the type or sum of the payments.

    Furtney confirmed the public assistance payments after two sources told The Los Angeles Times that Suleman was receiving food stamps and federal supplemental security income.

    “In her view these are just payments made for people with legitimate needs and are not, in her view, welfare,” Furtney said. “She just believes that there are programs for people with needs and she and her children qualify for some of them.” Read More

  4. “Thats why our healthcare should not be free except for the old and military and people should buy health insurance!”

    Health insurance? What does that have to do with HB3007?

    “I guess you think its ok for tax payers to pay for couch poltatoes to lay around having babies and watch TV Curry?”

    Completely lost me there.

    All I stated was that I thought the bill(HB3007) should include tobacco. Test them for that as well. Why should tobacco be any different? It is non-essential, highly addictive– exactly like many of the drugs the bill recommends testing for. Why should Americans subsidize smokers?

    Goodtimepolitics:You seem to want to add tobacco to HB3007 and you said “Why should tax-payers pay for people to smoke cigarettes?” How do you think you pay for people to smoke?
    Should Sex be taxed to help pay for children healthcare? Should alcohol be taxed more to help pay for healthcare? Would you like for me to keep on with a list of taxable things that cause healthcare to go up!

    Drinking alcohol is dangerous for kids and teens and sometimes for adults, too. Alcohol is a drug, and it is the drug most abused by teens. Many kids have their first drink at an early age, as young as 10 or 11 or even younger.
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    Maybe over eating should be taxed Curry!
    I’m a smoker Curry, but guess what I have private insurance that cost me almost $700 a month!

    What I am saying is using Drugs are illegal, smoking is not illegal Curry so why would you want tobacco added to the bill?

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