by Javier Manjarres
Florida Governor Rick Scott recently signed a law requiring welfare recipients who receive subsidized disbursements from the state to be drug tested in order to qualify for or continue receiving those payments. Applicants to welfare who test positive for illicit drugs will not be able to obtain the cash disbursements for one year, and if they fail the test a second time, they must wait three years before they can receive welfare checks.
“While there are certainly legitimate needs for public assistance, it is unfair for Florida taxpayers to subsidize drug addiction, this new law will encourage personal accountability and will help to prevent the misuse of tax dollars.” Governor Rick Scott
Other politicos are beginning to step up and lend their support to Governor Scott for signing the law. At his most recent monthly town hall meeting in Broward County, Congressman Allen West agreed with Governor Rick Scott and said that he believes that the measure is “an incentive to get people off of it (welfare).” West expressed great concern over the increasing numbers of welfare recipients throughout the country, citing the 40% increase in food stamp recipients and how government cannot continue to grow to meet this demand.