HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA/AP) – Democrats are pouring criticism on Gov. Tom Corbett for suggesting that Pennsylvania’s sluggish job growth stems partly from too many applicants being unable to pass a drug test.
In an interview with PAMatters.com on Monday, the Republican governor cites anecdotal evidence the drug testing issue is part of the reason Pennsylvania’s March unemployment rate exceeded the 7.6 percent national rate.
He says there are “many employers that say we’re looking for people but we can’t find anybody that has passed a drug test.”
That prompted criticism from state Treasurer Rob McCord, who charges that Corbett doesn’t understand the economy or the nature of unemployment.
McCord, who’s considered a likely candidate for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, says “it’s not rocket science, but it seems to elude” Corbett.