In North Carolina, drug testing of welfare recipients is a favorable cause and I can completely understand why. Most citizens of North Carolina would much rather see their tax dollars go to those who want to support their children by feeding them, clothing them and giving them the necessities to succeed in society, rather than wasting them away on illegal drugs. Many would argue that since many people who are in the job force generally have to be drug tested, it is only fair that Work First recipients should be drug tested as well. Although these arguments are completely logical, the funds are just not available. So often do we criticize how our tax dollars are spent, yet we are so willing to throw away thousands of dollars that could potentially benefit roughly 1,600 families through Work First. As of April 2013, there are 10,993 adults receiving Work First benefits (NC DSS). According to Senate Bill 594, every Work First recipient over the age of 18 will be asked to pay $30 to be drug tested to continue their benefits and will be reimbursed if the drug test is negative, this means if every Work First recipient is using illegal drugs and decides to continue benefits, the State will receive $329,790 minus the cost of the drug tests. If previous trends continue, as shown in Michigan and Florida specifically, about 5-7% of those tested will be tested positively for drug use, meaning the State will lose nearly $317,000. Help to save our state some money, so that we may support more important causes like education or healthcare and sign the petition before it is passed in legislation!
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