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Cunha, D. (2014, September). Why Drug Testing Welfare Recipients Is a Waste of Taxpayer Money. In The Washington Post. Retrieved February 17, 2016, from http://web.b.ebscohost.com
The findings of drug testing the recipients before giving them the benefits of welfare was proven to be a waste of tax payers’ money rather than helping ensure their money isn’t being wasted on the less desirable. The state of Tennessee did a case study on drug testing people before receiving benefits. Their study came out with the results that it’s actually less beneficial to do the drug testing because only 2.6% of applicants tested positive for drugs. They found that most of the recipients were actually taxpayers themselves who didn’t do drugs. Cunha and her husband fell in that category because they had been working many years. Just two weeks before they had their twins, prematurely, her husband got fired from his job. She had no choice but to apply for assistance for the sake of the children. The qualifications for getting assistance for children on the WIC program are based off of your household income and the amount of people in your household. Cunha states that “It’s not just a phone call and done,” it entails a lot more paperwork than that. There are lots of women who need to use the WIC program because their work doesn’t pay enough salary pay when they go on maternity leave for a couple months at a time to be with the baby.
Honestly until I found this article I used to believe that we should drug test recipients but after reading the statistics in this article I do believe it is a waste of taxpayers’ money to do the drug tests. We would be paying more in testing than we would be saving.
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