HB 1483 which requires drug testing of TANF recipients has passed the Indiana House by a vote of 78 to 17.
Only 17 representatives voted against this measure despite the experience of other states showing that it’s a waste of money. Welfare recipients are no more likely to be drug abusers than the general population and may well be less likely. They must not have read John Cheese’s Cracked article “Four Things Politicians Will Never Understand About Poor People.” Number 2 is “Poor People Aren’t Rampant Drug Addicts.”
Drugs are a huge problem with the poor, and I most definitely don’t want to be handing my tax dollars to someone who’s just going to blow it on … well, blow.
That’s what all of these states thought, and some of them still think that. Then they did the testing and found out that, actually, the poor are pretty much as clean as the rest of us.
The Fiscal Impact statement estimates that this program will result in a net loss to Indiana of $1.1 million for the first year of operation.
But, hey, why worry about cost if it lets us hate on the poors a little bit?