Should Welfare Recipients Be Drug Screened To Receive Benefits?

By Dawn Boykin A State program in Utah is one in eight which requires welfare recipients to be drug screened as part of the requirement for receiving aid. Republican Brad Wilson who crafted the screening law says that he created it because he wants to help get people off of assistance and back to work and this can’t happen if drugs are being used. Utah spent more than $30,000 from August 2012 to July 2013 screening applicants to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and found that 12 people tested positive. There were some 250 others who failed the drug … Continue reading Should Welfare Recipients Be Drug Screened To Receive Benefits?

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Linda Taylor: Ronald Reagan’s ‘Welfare Queen’ Was Real…And White

Former President Ronald Reagan made it his mission to vilify welfare and he did it at the expense of Black women living in poverty. His shtick about a “welfare queen” has become a part of this nation’s political lore. Journalists couldn’t find her. Liberals claimed that she didn’t exist. But she did. According to an in-depth report by Slate’s Josh Levin, Linda Taylor had dozens of aliases and a rap-sheet longer than an arm; but she wasn’t Black. She was White. Read more from Slate: As of 1976, Taylor had yet to be convicted of anything. She was facing charges that … Continue reading Linda Taylor: Ronald Reagan’s ‘Welfare Queen’ Was Real…And White

Is Welfare Drug Testing A Violation Of Your Rights?

A State program in Utah is one in eight which requires welfare recipients to be drug screened as part of the requirement for receiving aid. Republican Brad Wilson who crafted the screening law says that he created it because he wants to help get people off of assistance and back to work and this can’t happen if drugs are being used. Utah spent more than $30,000 from August 2012 to July 2013 screening applicants to the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and found that 12 people tested positive. There were some 250 others who failed the drug screening requirement and … Continue reading Is Welfare Drug Testing A Violation Of Your Rights?

Study: Welfare pays more than minimum wage in most states

Welfare pays more than a minimum-wage job in 35 states, creating little  incentive for Americans to take entry-level work and likely increasing their  long-term dependency on government help, according to a new study by the libertarian think tank Cato Institute. The finds come 17 years after the Clinton administration, with bipartisan  support from Congress, passed landmark welfare reform legislation that was  supposed to move Americans away from entitlements and into the workforce. However, “welfare benefits continue to outpace the income that most  recipients can expect to earn from an entry-level job,” the study authors said.  “And the balance between welfare … Continue reading Study: Welfare pays more than minimum wage in most states