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Paul LePage

Few drug tests ordered for welfare users in Maine so far

Gov. Paul LePage hailed drug screenings for certain welfare recipients as a way to protect taxpayer dollars. But since the program was launched a few months ago, only a handful of recipients have been ordered to take tests and most people who have lost their assistance have done so because they failed to show up, the administration said. The state in April began administering drug-screening assessments to recipients in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program who have been convicted of drug felony crimes, arguing that welfare dollars shouldn't be enabling drug abuse. People who fail the screenings are then required to submit to a urinalysis. However, just 15 recipients were...