Yesterday, the North Carolina Senate has passed a bill requiring applicants of the welfare program known as WorkFirst to first pay for, and then pass, a drug test before enrolling in the program. Needless to say, more than a few of our friends were pretty pee-ed off this morning.
This state gives money to many groups of people, including our elected officials and corporate executives who receive millions in tax credits and government contracts. It’s disgusting (not to mention illegal!) to see lawmakers single out just one group for extra scrutiny. This group happens to be the state’s poorest families who have the least power or influence to abuse the government system.
On top of that, there seems to be no need for the law. The state’s own estimates show that the drug test program may not save a dime and could cost more than $2 million per year. This is a ridiculous cost for a political stunt. Well, one good political stunt deserves another.
This bill is not law yet. With your help, we can send a strong message to our lawmakers. You can send a pee cup to your State Senator with a small $8 donation to Action NC.
We will tell NC General Assembly that if they are going to require drug tests for North Carolina residents, then they should pee first.
Come on - you know you're pee-ed off! Tell your legislators that unless they are willing to pee first, no one should have to do it.