When they passed a law this past session requiring some welfare recipients to take drug tests, Kansas legislators didn’t care that other states have spent a lot of money on such testing and found few violations. They were determined to require it anyway. So with all the budget problems facing the state, Kansas will spend $1 million next year to implement its own drug-testing plan. More than likely, Kansas will have results similar to those in Missouri, which spent about $500,000 this year and had only 20 welfare recipients fail the drug test.
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