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This Week in Poverty: Georgia Tries to Get to Zero Welfare Recipients

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Georgia is known as a particularly difficult state when it comes to accessing TANF. According to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP), in 2008-09 for every 100 poor families with children in Georgia, only eight received cash aid. Now the state is set to make its TANF application process even more onerous. On Monday, Republican Governor Nathan Deal signed a law requiring that people approved for TANF receive a drug test within forty-eight hours. They also have to pay a $17 fee for the test and it isn't refunded, even if a person passes. In addition to the financial burden, forty-eight hours can be tough for someone who may need to arrange for childcare, or find transportation to a testing site. 'In effect it's an application fee,' says Liz Schott, a senior fellow at the CBPP. 'So in addition to a universal, suspicionless drug test being unconstitutional...

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