Senator: Unemployed should take drug tests for benefits
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03/12/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Unemployment is now at a 16-year high in Florida, as the Sunshine State has lost more than 355,000 jobs over the past year.

For many who have lost a job, it’s a blow to the ego to have to ask for government assistance. But if one bay area legislator has his way, they may have to submit more than their personal information and their pride to collect unemployment.

Sen. Mike Bennett, R-Bradenton, has introduced a bill that would require random testing for one of every 10 people who apply for unemployment. Bennett says anyone taking that money should be qualified and ready to go to work.

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Playing Politics

What a surprise, another self-righteous, self-serving Republican looking to play politics with the recession! Instead of looking ahead and offering real solutions, the GOP wants a return to the dark ages.