Welfare Drug Tests Under Fire

Welfare Drug Tests Under Fire
(St. Paul, MN) -- A state law enacted in 2012 requiring random drug tests for welfare recipients convicted of a drug felony within the past ten years is under fire. DFL lawmakers and county officials from across the state are pushing to toss out the law. County officials testified at the state Capitol that the costs of collecting samples and testing cancel out any savings from removing people from the welfare rolls. Ramsey County Commissioner Toni Carter testified that there is evidence showing that drug testing welfare recipients is Afear-based, not future-based.A