When Governor LePage recently stated his intention to propose a drug testing provision for Maine welfare recipients, the extreme liberal special interest groups came out in force to demonize the Governor and attack any official who would support such a proposal.
A lot of the talking points used by the special interest groups who oppose welfare reform in Maine are either half-truths or are flat out wrong.
The special interests claim that in Florida, only 2% of those who were tested actually tested positive. They fail to disclose that the Florida Department of Children and Families reported that about 1,600 out of approximately 8,600 applicants refused to take the test.
Florida saw a refusal rate of more than 18% in addition to those who tested positive.
The special interest groups claim that because the Florida welfare drug testing law has been challenged and temporarily put on hold by a federal judge, Maine should not even attempt to pass any common-sense reforms. They fail to disclose that Arizona, Indiana and Missouri also passed drug testing laws to ensure that their state tax dollars were not subsidizing illegal drug use.
It’s quite clear to us that utilizing a simple drug test to ensure that Maine’s limited resources are focused on the truly needy and not to subsidize illegal drug use is a step in the right direction.
When we have solicited ideas from Maine people for cutting state spending and protecting Maine’s limited resources, a drug testing provision to protect Maine’s welfare programs has been by far the most common suggestion from people all across Maine.
The special interest groups and politicians that support using state tax dollars to trap Maine people in a cycle of dependence and poverty deny the fundamental truth about the welfare industry they have created.
Extreme liberal groups and politicians who have come out in opposition to this reform have yet to see an actual proposal. There is no credibility in the arguments they make against it.
They oppose it purely for any political advantage they might gain, and they work tirelessly to saddle the hard-working people of Maine with anti-jobs, anti-business, pro-poverty laws and programs.
It is past time to ensure that Maine’s limited resources go to those truly in need.
Help protect Maine’s limited resources and ensure that our tax dollars go to help those truly in need, not to subsidize illegal drug use.
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