Trump Just Gave Welfare Scammers Some Very Bad News

A large part of the massive waste within welfare programs stems from the increased centralization of these programs, robbing states the ability to tailor the social aid to meet the needs of its constituents.

According to The Western Journal, President Trump is contemplating a way to return greater control of welfare programs to the states. Such a move could allow state governments to institute mandatory drug testing for certain food stamp recipients.

The Journal notes that such a move would apply to about 5 percent of people in the $70 billion Supplemental Nutrition Program, or SNAP.

“The drug testing proposal is another step in the Trump administration’s push to allow states more flexibility in how they implement federal programs that serve the poor, unemployed or uninsured,” according to the AP.

“It also wants to allow states to tighten work requirements for food stamp recipients and has found support among GOP governors who argue greater state control saves money and reduces dependency.”

Federal law, backed by many federal court rulings, have so far prevented states from hosting mandatory drug testing, deeming the practice as unconstitutional.

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, a conservative, has been pushing for drug testing, saying that they would increase employment by giving drug users the chance to get help as part of getting a job.

On April 11, President Donald Trump signed an executive order demanding that those receiving federal assistance must be working.

“The federal government’s role is to clear paths to self-sufficiency, reserving public assistance programs for those who are truly in need.”

Trump continued, “The federal government should do everything within its authority to empower individuals by providing opportunities for work, including by investing in federal programs that are effective at moving people into the workforce and out of poverty.”

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