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Corbett: PA's Unemployed Can't Pass Drug Test

State's governor says some are unemployed because they've taken illegal drugs.

Pennsylvania's governor has a new explanation for high unemployment rates. He says many of the unemployed can't pass a simple drug test.

In a recent radio talk show, Gov. Tom Corbett said that while some of the state's issue with unemployment is a result of training for the new century's jobs, another has to do with applicants' abilities to pass a drug test.

"We can't find anybody that has passed a drug test in a while," Corbett told PAMatters.com that employers have explained to him. Corbett relayed this on its live show.

The governor said it is a "serious problem."

According to ThinkProgress.org, the "number of people working in Pennsylvania tumbled by about 14,000 in March, following a drop of 6,000 in February."

Gamecock fan May 02, 2013 at 11:18 AM
Do our state reps get drug tested? Does the Gov?. Maybe it is time for Tommy Corbett to look at leagalizing marijuana and make the state some money. The "serious problem" is Tommy not recognizing this.
Mohandus Frieri May 02, 2013 at 11:23 AM
Corbett is an idiot and a one-term governor. Go back to Alabama!
Cadillac Man May 02, 2013 at 11:25 AM
Corbett knows nothing... Except selling PA to the Frickin Frackers and trashing our State!
Audrey Kocher Delaney May 02, 2013 at 11:28 AM
VOTE HIM OUT!!!! He's just so wrong on so many levels and issues. Such a holier than thou attitude and unrealistic expectations. Every other state taxes fracking - I'm all for reducing spending but he is too out of touch with reality to do it effectively.
big jon May 02, 2013 at 01:51 PM
Eh he is kind of rite tho...I personally know 4 people that don't have jobs when they could easily get one if they passed a drug test...In states that have legalized marijuana there's still companies that make you take drug tests and won't hire you if it tests positive for marijuana...yea F Corbett
Anti-statist May 02, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Government has little capacity to create jobs. It has vast capacity to inhibit job creation. I'm curious as to following posters' opinion of the Presidents record in this regard. His record is that of almost an utter failure. Rendell did more to burden industry and the citizenry of Pennsylvania with his proliferate spending. He is largely responsible for the Philadelphia School Systems near collapse by funding the unions at the expense of the children. It may have been a dumb remark but Corbett's strengthening of the states finances and his holding the line on taxes will reap rewards in the future. As far as fracking goes, Ed Rendell is promoting it in New York. Careful what you wish for; Allyson Schwartz would be a disaster for PA.
jakysnake May 02, 2013 at 02:41 PM
The Gov. is correct. Human resource folks admit it off the record. There is a problem with many applicants testing negative.
John Limerick May 02, 2013 at 03:38 PM
If you're really trying to get a job you wouldn't be doing drugs you know any employer is going to give you a drug test...it's not about making it legal that's such a dumb argument..legal or not you still should be able to pass a drug screen to get a job and most companies still have a random drug test policy ...i think you should have to pass a drug test to get unemployment compensation you have to be able and available for work to qualify and if you can't get a job because you can't pass the drug screen are you really trying to get a job or are you satisfied living off unemployment
Jamie P May 02, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Audrey, 15 months ago, Governor Corbett signed The Marcellus Shale Law (HB 1950). The law levies an impact fee on the natural gas drillers in Pennsylvania, to local environmental or community impacts like new traffic patterns, of drilling. Last year, this generated over 200 million dollars, all of which went straight to Pennsylvania municipalities, which is double the estimated amount of an extraction tax. Why do you say Corbett doesn't tax drillers like other states and that he is out of touch with reality? Lt Governor Jim Cawley put this together for him and from a dollars perspective it works out in your favor. I just don't understand these baseless attacks on our Governor. You may not like him, but do you have a factual argument upon which you base your dislike?
Stephen Eickhoff May 02, 2013 at 04:59 PM
Jamie, you weren't born here, yet you express your thoughts more clearly in English than natives.
Stephen Eickhoff May 02, 2013 at 05:00 PM
Corbett indicated that this is what he's hearing from private employers. So is everyone here calling him a liar?
Gamecock fan May 02, 2013 at 05:40 PM
John Lim--You are corect in what you say. This is not the forum for a legalization argument. But do our state reps, Gov, Judges, etc. have to pee in a cup at any time? Maybe all should be subjected to breathalizer testing daily after their scotch on the rocks lunches and dinners. How many of them are making bad choices because their minds are clouded with alcohol? But we will never know the answer to that because BIG BRother has arrived, just a few years after George Orwell said it would. BTW-I havent even seen weed since 1987 but firmly believe it should be legal if alcohol and tobacco are legal. Whats good for the goose is good for the gander.
Smh May 02, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Corbett is full of shit. Most people on the jobs smoke weed and snort. If they started random testing he'd ser how many would lose their jobs
Smh May 02, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Especially some of those wacky cops on that wacky weed and coke. Never know who at them parties.
Joseph Finnick May 02, 2013 at 06:43 PM
Impact fee does not equal tax. It just replaces what the gas drillers mess up in the first place.
Jamie P May 02, 2013 at 07:24 PM
Updated number is $400 million in impact fee is flowing to counties and municipalities across the Commonwealth paid by natural gas producers. Your statememnt Mr. Finnick is incorrect. All of Pennsylvania's 67 counties are currently benefitting from the fee, though only 35 counties are "impacted" in some way by the drilling. This is exceeding earlier estimates, more than from standard taxation. Also whether natural gas drilling is permitted or not, all 67 counties share in a $72.5 million fund earmarked for competitive grants for water and sewer, Growing Greener, local bridge improvements, local community parks and recreation and similar municipal projects. Slam Governor Corbett all you want, but please, tell the truth.
Mr. Independent Voter May 03, 2013 at 12:31 AM
If these employers would stop overlooking we older workers that are 40 and over with their stealth age discrimination by telling us "Well, we just don't think you're a good fit", when we meet or exceed their qualifications and requirements for the jobs they post, they would find quality oriented, reliable workers that could pass a drug test. But employers these days don't seem to want good employees, only cheap ones, so they're getting what they're pay for, aren't they? I don't see Corbett addressing this issue at all, does anyone else?
Area Patch Reader May 03, 2013 at 01:28 AM
FYI - "Jamie P." is a DUDE using a online pic to pretend to be a woman. Her writing is her similar to Minster's as well. Just a public service announcement. Carry on.
John Q. Public May 03, 2013 at 11:03 AM
Most people smoke week and snort, and that proves Corbett wrong? Actually, he was repeating what employers told him, that finding 'drug-free' employees is difficult, as you said.
John Q. Public May 03, 2013 at 11:07 AM
This is agenda driven. Finding drug-free employees can be a challenge, and had a Democrat said it, we'd be singing her praises. Corbett merely repeated what employers everywhere are saying, and we all know it's true.
Smh May 03, 2013 at 11:42 AM
I never said he was lying now did I? Just saying they all do it, the one's who already have the jobs. Test them.
Smh May 03, 2013 at 11:44 AM
That comment sounds like one the NPD tells certain cops that don't want to misbehave like them. Heard that before
pruckels May 03, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Age discrimination for the long-term unemployed is a huge issue. Employers see someone who graduate from college in the 80's and has been "unemployed" since the sh*t hit the fan in 2008 and immediately think that they are somehow broken and unemployable, when the opposite is true. However, this isn't a government issue (unless the state wants to pony up some tax deductions for hiring long-term unemployed), this is an HR and corporation issue.
Joe May 03, 2013 at 02:52 PM
@MIV & Pruckels: You are correct, but it even goes further than that. The Federal and State governments will also not hire older workers. Apply for a job on line with the Feds and you will get an email back telling how you are one of the superior applicants, but never get an interview or job offer. Where are all those 16,000 IRS agent jobs going to enforce Obamacare?? Try to get one of those jobs, it's a joke. I applied for a position with a company, where I could have done the jobs on day one, but because I'm not 23 and they presume, not trainable, did not even get a call back.
Joseph Finnick May 03, 2013 at 03:28 PM
The impact fee does go to many counties that do not have fracking. This is because their roads are still used to transport. Some of these municipalities got very little. One got just over $5.
The Truth May 07, 2013 at 04:15 PM
The world would be a better place if we drug tested welfare recipients and left workers (employed or otherwise) alone. Workers should only be drug/alcohol tested if they appear impaired at their job. Pre-employment screening should be illegal, and if you're dumb enough to show up for your interview drunk/high then you don't deserve the job anyway. You shouldn't get punished for what you do on your own time...

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