Posted by | October 7, 2010 20:03 | Filed under: Top Stories

South Carolina’s Republican candidate for governor, Nikki Haley, wants mandatory drug testing for those receiving unemployment benefits.

“I’m gonna push to make sure that if someone fails a drug test in this state, that we are not gonna pay benefits,” Haley said at a press conference outside the S.C Department of Employment and Workforce. “That’s something I’m gonna push for, I think people of this state deserve that. Personal responsibility matters and we’re gonna continue to fight that fight.”

This fits the right-wing mindset that the unemployed are somehow lesser humans than us “good” people.  If ever enacted, this would likely face legal challenges and would likely not pass a constitutional test, as a similar program for welfare recipients already demonstrated.

A federal appellate court threw out Michigan’s random drug testing law in 2003, saying it violated the constitutional ban against unreasonable search and seizure.

And it turns out that a testing program would cost more than it would save.

Although individual drug tests run $75 or less, the costs of testing large numbers of recipients, users and non-users alike, would add up. The American Civil Liberties Union estimates that for every individual user discovered, the state’s expenses would be $20,000 or more. That runs counter to the argument proponents make that drug testing would save the state money.

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