No pending legislation is requiring corporate executives or employees of large businesses receiving government subsidies to be tested for drugs, though fraud and corruption by those recipients of government benefits greatly exceed fraud by low-income workers.
Missouri already provides one of the lowest allowable receipt of state TANF benefits in the U.S.; it's one of 15 states that max out a family's annual benefits to between 10 and 20% of poverty level. The federal poverty level is $18,310 for a family of three.
|Over the last 15 years, the national TANF caseload has declined by |
60 percent, even as poverty and deep poverty have worsened.
CBPP and organizations like the National Association of Child Care Resource and Referral Agencies have sounded an alarm to the US Congress and states to adequately fund TANF to provide benefits during the recession.
TANF background: "Policy Basics: An Introduction to TANF" by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities