Michigan has roughly 80,000 welfare recipients, 21,000 of them adults age 18 and older who could be subject to drug testing depending on which counties were selected for the pilot.
A plan to issue drug tests to welfare recipients suspected of substance abuse is nearing final approval in the Michigan Legislature.
More than 7,200 people who won at least $1,000 in the Michigan Lottery last year were living in households that received public assistance, according to a state report.
Cuts to the nation’s food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, including Michigan.
A GOP House bill that passed the Senate 25-11 Thursday would establish a suspicion-based drug testing pilot program.
Welfare recipients will not longer be able to withdraw taxpayer-provided cash from ATMs in liquor stores and strip clubs.
Backers say they hope the Legislature gives the bills final approval by year’s end.
The Michigan Senate has approved legislation that would block Bridge Card holders from withdrawing cash from ATMs located in strip clubs, liquor stores and race tracks.
Michigan residents in a federal food program are being denied purchases with their debit-style cards because of technical problems.
Federal agents say several people are facing fraud charges after a raid at Detroit’s Eastern Market yielded a handful of arrests over illegal use of Michigan’s Bridge Card.