September 15, 2015 8:00 pm -


Maine is throwing away its money by drug testing the poor, a practice already found unconstitutional in Florida.

Maine Gov. Paul LePage pitches the measure as a way to keep taxpayers’ from supportive drug habits and to give an incentive to those who are struggling to secure employment because of substance issues to finally kick the habit.

By the end of June 2015, only 15 recipients had been scheduled for drug testing with only two showing up to their appointment. Of those two, only one tested positive for drug use, who was then barred from their welfare benefits. The 13 who failed to show up were also barred from TANF benefits.



D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.