Think Progress reported yesterday that 13 states spent a total of $1.3 million to perform 2,826 drug tests on persons seeking funds from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. Of those nearly 3,000 people required to pee in a cup to get assistance for their families, 369 tested positive.
The Think Progress report was its third on the program. It notes that states spent nearly $2 million in the first two years it tracked spending. Think Progress concluded: “That’s money that could instead be going to cash benefits or work supports for the recipients themselves.”