Told You So: Florida's New Drug Testing Policy Already Costing Taxpayers More

We've told you a few times about Florida's horrible new law that drug tests all families applying for cash benefit welfare applicants. The law, which went into effect July 1, makes applicants front the cost of the drug test and reimburses individuals if they test negative.

The ACLU and others predicted this program would be a failure and cost the state of Florida much more money than they would save. Guess what? In just the few weeks that the program has been in effect we have been proven right.

The Department of Children and Families' central region has tested 40 applicants since the law went into effect six weeks ago, and of those 40 applicants, 38 tested negative for drugs. The cost to the state of Florida to reimburse those 38 individuals who tested negative was at least $1,140 over the course of six weeks. Meanwhile, denying benefits to the two applicants who tested positive will save Florida less than $240 a month.

The ironic thing is that Florida should know better. They ran a similar pilot program a decade ago but ended up scrapping it because it cost the state way more money than it saved.

Like many other states, Florida is broke. To save costs it is cutting good, successful programs like Healthy Start which provides prenatal care and parenting education. Why are they cutting budgets for programs that work, instead of ones that don't?

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Anonymous

why don't we drug test congress!

Anonymous

yes and if they keep going with the same rate they're losing it will be around $13,680 which is quite a bit more than $2,880. so its not success its $10,800 lost. idiot.

Anonymous

You are allowing the government too much power. What's next? Search anyone who "looks" suspicious?
Or better yet, they will all drink now instead of puffing on a joint so the state makes the money off of it.

Anonymous

numbers 2-5 are idiots.

Anonymous

Random Drug Testing is the only real way to catch people and it's cheaper.

Anonymous

Statistically, the percentage of current recipients on drugs would be consistent with the percentage of new applicants that test positive. The only thing testing current applicants would achieve is wasting a massive amount of money.

Anonymous

The reason for doing so is not fiscal. It is punitive. They will not say it, but they believe unemployed people should be punished.

Anonymous

Florida is a cesspool.

Anonymous

One reason the program will not be canceled for the foreseeable future is Governor Rick Scott's wife owns the sole firm that Welfare recipients MUST use to test. This is not a safety check, it's a profit center to Scott.

Anonymous

"we drug-test those who work for their cash, so we should also test those who don't."

this is just ignorant.

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