Bad news for drug users on the dole: President Trump’s administration aims to just say no to handing out government cheese to those who fail a drug test.
The plan would require states adopt a drug testing policy for food stamp recipients and would be a victory for fiscal conservatives looking to stop pouring money into social programs.
An administration official noted the new policy would be applied to able-bodied people, without children or dependents, and who are seeking certain specialized jobs. If implemented, the new plan could affect about 5% of people on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP.
The administration official revealed the new information anonymously to Time.
In 2016 alone, the United States taxpayers spent 70 billion dollars of federal money on food stamp programs. Just cutting the 5% would save taxpayers $3.5 billion. States like California have upwards of 2 million food stamp recipients and spend about $34 per person each month, compared to other states like Ohio which spends less than $10 a month per person.
The drug testing plan would be a giant step in allowing states more decision making ability in how they spend federal money. The plan also wants states to have stricter requirements for recipients of food stamps to find employment.
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