An issue that is becoming a hot topic of conversation is whether welfare recipients should be tested for drug abuse. Right now, the state of Florida is considering making such testing a law. The argument is that people who are being supported by taxpayers, shouldn’t be using illegal drugs.
This morning during a taping of “Face the State with Dennis House,” on WFSB-TV, Connecticut Commissioner of Social Services Roderick Bremby said he would not rule out testing on people who are receiving federal assistance to determine whether they are taking drugs. During this morning’s appearance, Bremby had this to say:
“We will take a look at what they are doing in Florida……but the Governor has found there is a smaller proportion of people who apply for federal assistance who use drugs than general population. It is a huge waste of government resources to test people.” But he added: ” If it is cost effective we might consider it, but I don’t believe that that welfare recipients are more drug users than anyone else.”
Bremby also conceded it is possible some scammers who waited in long lines earlier this week, received federal assistance intended for victims of Tropical Storm Irene: http://dennishouse.wordpress.com/2011/09/29/state-concedes-scammers-may-have-received-storm-handouts/