Bill sponsor Rep. Al Pscholka says the legislation would help “break the cycle of generational poverty.”
One of Michigan’s largest state agencies is issuing layoff notices to 100 workers this week due to a $7.5 million budget cut.
The one-year pilot program will be used in three counties, which have not been announced. If drug use is suspected, welfare recipients or applicants are required to take a substance abuse test.
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.