Ind. first to require drug tests for job training

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A new Indiana rule requiring drug tests for unemployed people participating in state-funded job training programs reflects a hard stance many states are taking regarding public assistance as they struggle with limited financial resources.

The U.S. Department of Labor says Indiana is the first state to require drug testing of people seeking job training. But at least 30 states have considered requiring drug tests for those receiving government assistance, including Florida, which began requiring drug tests of welfare applicants on July 1.

Workforce Development Commissioner Mark Everson says Indiana’s change reflects the state’s economic realities and also some frustration from business owners, who’ve questioned why drug users should be participating in the job training program when they won’t pass workplace drug screening.,0,5565063.story