WHMUR9 New Hampshire reports:
CONCORD, N.H. — A proposal to drug test food stamp recipients in New Hampshire is creating controversy.
Supporters of the idea (HB 484-FN) say it’s about accountability, while others believe it amounts to profiling low-income families.
New Hampshire isn’t the first state to propose drug testing those who receive taxpayer-subsidized welfare benefits, but in every state that has tried it, there has been significant pushback.
As a full-time student, Julia Juranty said food stamps help her get by, and she said she would have no problem being drug tested in order to qualify for the help.
“If you can afford money for drugs and illegal activity, then you should be able to afford money for food,” she said.
More than 53,000 households in New Hampshire rely on the program to put food on the table. Opponents of the proposal said that drug testing one or two members of the household would punish the children if they were disqualified.
But supporters said it’s a bill that speaks to a bigger problem.
“I don’t think you want drug parents raising children,” said Rep. Pete Silva, R-Nashua. “It’s not about that. It’s about accountability, and that’s why we are in the mess we are in right now. It’s about accountability.”…
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