“Senate Bill 11 strikes the right balance between civic generosity and personal responsibility.  It strengthens the work requirements and personal responsibility agreements so that welfare recipients are engaging in activities that will lead to personal success and financial independence.

“Texas taxpayers should not be asked to subsidize a welfare recipient’s poor lifestyle choices that sabotage his or her chances for a better life.  One of the primary expectations for those persons receiving welfare benefits is to be available for work.  But when job applicants are rejected for failing an employer-administered drug test, they have not made themselves available for work.”

The Honorable Arlene Wohlgemuth is the executive director and director of the Center for Health Care Policy at the Texas Public Policy Foundation. She served 10 years in the Texas House of Representatives, specializing in health care issues.

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