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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Pam

You're a bunch of cowardly haters, hiding behind "Anonymous" so you can't be responded to individually. I hope you or your friends/family never find yourself in the situation of having to apply for aid or of suffering from addiction. Don't think it can't happen to you, because it can.

Anonymous

So, they spent $1140 to save $2880 during the six month probation on the two applicants that failed? Sounds like a good investment to me

K. Morse

To expect drug addicts to quit drugs to maintain their welfare checks is silly.
Lock your doors and carry a weapon 'cause they are going to get money somehow.

Anonymous

They need to make it a randomized test. Called up today, test tomorrow. If your a no-show your benefits are discontinued.

Anonymous

Where's your compassion folks? Do you really blame poor people for your problems, or are they just easier to beat up on than the wealthy elite who are sucking your blood every day?

cowboy

It's painfully obvious that this ACLU hippy didn't major in accounting.

Two crackheads X 12 months x $240 per month = $5,760

Testing Costs = $1,140
Taypayer net savings = $4,620

Anonymous

Let's go ahead and drug test everyone. Before Johnny can go to 1st grade he has to make some lemonade.

Anonymous

Wow... you guys really hate poor people. You must be poor.

Anonymous

Seriously people, how many of you objecting to this program really work and pay a significant amount of taxes? Are you seriously impying that you WANT to be taxed to pay for programs that give cash to addicts?

S. Cranbrook

I dislike that the law targets a specific class of people. If everyone who applied for unemployment, or even everyone applying for any job were tested for illegal drugs that included over use of prescription drugs and employers were prosecuted or fined for hiring the positive testers, then it would be fair. Expensive, yes!

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