By PATRICK LYONS
Capital News Service
LANSING — Executives and presidents of companies accepting “corporate welfare” from the state would be tested for illegal drugs if legislation in the House passes. Rep. Tom McMillin, R-Rochester Hills, said he sponsored the bill in response to proposed legislation that would require social welfare recipients to pass a drug test to qualify for assistance. “It is more than a statement,” McMillin said. “If we end up going down that road with greater discussion about drug testing welfare recipients, I will be very bold in making sure that this gets into that debate, and will not rest until we treat corporate welfare the same as social welfare.”
This bill would affect only companies that receive loans and grants from the Michigan Strategic Fund. The strategic fund is administered by the Michigan Economic Development Corp.