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Georgia's Political Cudgel Against the Poor: Drug Testing

Georgia’s Political Cudgel Against the Poor: Drug Testing

by Seth Freed Wessler on July 10 2012, 9:49AM

Georgia followed Florida’s example in forcing safety-net recipients to get drug tests, despite the fact that neither law is likely to stand up in court. Why? Because actual policymaking was never the point.

Topics: Drug Tests, Economy, Politics

Infographics: Mapping the Drug Testing Meme Infographic

Infographics: Mapping the Drug Testing Meme

by Hatty Lee on July 10 2012, 9:46AM

Georgia’s law forcing welfare applicants to get drug tests was put on hold this month, pending resolution of a legal challenge to a similar Florida law. But the same debate has unfolded in state legislatures around the country.

Topics: Drug Tests

Georgia Asks Employers to Rat Out Job Seekers Who Fail Drug Tests

Georgia Asks Employers to Rat Out Job Seekers Who Fail Drug Tests

by Seth Freed Wessler on June 5 2012, 9:25AM

The state’s one of several that’s using hyped up fears about drugs to weaken unemployment insurance programs.

Topics: Drug Tests, Economy

Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction

Why Tea Party Lawmakers Are Trying to Conflate Poverty and Drug Addiction

by Seth Freed Wessler on May 7 2012, 10:07AM

Since 2010, a new meme has spread to dozens of states: Drug testing people who apply for safety net benefits. The goal is to change economic debates into a culture war over who does and does not deserve help.

Topics: ALEC, Drug Tests, Economy, Jobs Crisis, Politics