Mississippi Joins The Club

I wish I could write that the club in question was a good employment report…not so.  Or maybe that the state has outclassed other states in the educational sector….NOT so.

The clib I am referring to is that damn silly club of testing TANF recipients for drugs……..

Residents who apply for temporary financial aid benefits in Mississippi will have to submit to drug testing if the state deems they are likely to be substance abusers under a new measure headed to Gov. Phil Bryant’s (R) desk.

The bill passed the state Senate on Wednesday after passing the state House earlier this year. It would require new applicants to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program to submit to a questionnaire that would evaluate the likelihood of substance abuse.

Applicants deemed at risk of substance abuse would then be required to take a drug test. Testing positive once would require a TANF recipient to undergo treatment for substance abuse; testing positive a second time would get a recipient booted from the program for 90 days. A third positive test would exclude a recipient for up to a year.

“The TANF program is a safety net for families in need, and adding this screening process will aid adults who are trapped in a dependency lifestyle so they can better provide for their children,” Bryant said.

The state will use federal funds earmarked for the TANF program to administer the questionnaires and testing. The bill’s lead sponsor, Sen. Terry Burton (R), estimated the testing would cost about $36,000 a year.

They will use federal funds for TANF to test a people that proof has shown to be ineffective of stopping anything…….but NO we must tolerate this BS in the name of punishing people that need help……a typical move by “school Southern” politicians.

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