Manufacturers’ Survey Shows Corbett’s Wrong About Unemployed People All Being Drug-Addled Hippies

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Remember this? Corbett was always wrong about failed drug tests being a major cause of unemployment, but the right-wing Pennsylvania Manufacturers Assn. is committed to bailing out their boy, so they commissioned a “survey” to try to neutralize this Democratic talking point in the fall campaign. Except the survey didn’t show what they expected it to show. Read Chris Brennan for the PMA’s hilarious attempt to spin the totally non-alarming findings as “alarming.” By the way, who still drug tests anymore?

“While in many cases the percentages are not high, the fact that 19 percent refuse to take drug tests as a condition of employment and 16 percent fail these tests raises a red flag and a real concern about this issue.”

The PMA used that math (19+16=35) to come up with the “one in three” in its headline.

PMA Executive Director David Taylor said he found the survey’s results “alarming.”

“This is our first attempt to quantify something that we’ve heard about very consistently over time,” Taylor said. “It’s an important first step in the larger public-policy debate.”

TelOpinion says it found 870 people willing to participate in the survey, but only 200 – or 23 percent – worked for companies that required drug testing for job applicants. The survey, conducted from May 20 to June 4, has a margin of error of 7 percent.

DERP! They interviewed 200 manufacturing executives whose companies drug test. A small sample of the overall manufacturing sector, which is itself a very small sample of the Pennsylvania workforce.

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3 Responses to Manufacturers’ Survey Shows Corbett’s Wrong About Unemployed People All Being Drug-Addled Hippies

  1. Doug Webster says:

    During the past year, the state of Utah has spent over $30,000 giving drug tests to welfare recipients. In that time period, only 2.6 percent of those tested were found to have used illegal substances — well below the national use rate of 8.9 percent. As in all eight states where drug tests are used to determine eligibility for government assistance, specifically Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Utah’s program was allegedly initiated on the grounds of saving the state money.
    However, across the board these programs fail to do so — and that’s not even their biggest problem.
    In 2009, Arizona was the first state to adopt a program that drug-tested recipients of welfare whom officials had “reasonable cause” to believe were using drugs. Besides stigmatizing recipients of government assistance, implying that they’re a group of no-good drug fiends, the bill was implemented to try rand resuscitate a failing budget, and Arizona officials believed that testing could save the state $1.7 million a year.
    But in 2012, three years and 87,000 screenings later, only one person had failed a drug test.Total savings from denying that one person benefits? $560. Total benefits paid out in that time? $200 million. Even if we include the savings from cutting benefits to the 1,633 people who didn’t return the pre-test survey, it brings the total to only 0.1 percent of the amount distributed over that period.

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  3. Disgraceful says:

    The quote was:

    “The other area is, there are many employers that say ‘we’re looking for people but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test,’ a lot of them. And that’s a concern for me because we’re having a serious problem with that.”

    Source: Philadelphia Magazine,

    He never said anything about the unemployed being all “drug-addled hippies.”