A start

OK, so his statement was a bit harsh and surely the guy is the definition of pretentious, but the idea behind it has merit.

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed legislation Tuesday requiring adults applying for welfare assistance to undergo screening testing.

He didn’t need to follow it up with “it is unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction.” But that’s a loose-lipped Yankee for ya.

The point is, the screening is a good thing. And B.C. could benefit from it.

Under the law, which takes effect July 1, the Florida Department of Children and Family Services will be required to conduct the drug tests on adults applying to the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

The aid recipients would be responsible for the cost of the screening, which they would recoup in their assistance if they qualify. Those who fail the required drug testing may designate another individual to receive the benefits on behalf of their children.

And why not?

Many Canadians are required to undergo drug testing to land and, later, to keep their jobs, so why not to secure finances when in need?

Understandably some are calling the legislation “downright unconstitutional.” And surely there’s work to be done on this particular ruling, but it does address an accountability issue many struggle with.

Just as with many jobs requiring heavy machinery operation, prior to employment you’re tested for drugs, if you fail, you’re out of work. However, you are often offered help with your addiction.

Once you’re clean, you’re back on the job.

Obviously, it’s not that simple. But the policy provides incentive and accountability. And could do the same for those seeking assistance.

Personal responsibility should be status quo whether it’s a millright peeing to keep his job or a mom doing the same to secure funding during tough times.

No one’s held to a higher standard here, that would be downright unconstitutional.

 

–Autumn MacDonald, Observer

 

 

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