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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J. Crooks

According to my calculations if the state payed 1,140.00 to tset people and denied applicants at a savings of 240.00 per month thats 2,880.00 per year at a savings to the state of 1,740.00 it appears to me the the state is saving money. And I can't see the state paying 240. oer month for 2 people so am sure they are saving even more money than I have calulated. just sayin.


Why don't we drug test the real parasites in today's society, Government and the CEOs.


So, in six months it will compensate the cost.
Good deal


Fear mongering - Check
Red Herring - Check
Another way to waste taxpayers money - Check


I can see why our math test scores are among the lowest in the world.


I agree, the guy didn't do his math. Over time this will save tons of money


"$240 a month "saved" over the course of a year ends up at $2880.

$1,140 over the course of six weeks winds up at $9880 spent.

Net loss: $7000

Do your math again, $1,140 over the course of six weeks is $1,140/6 (weeks) or $1,140/38 (recipients). You copied the text but didn't read it.


Someone said why don't we drug test congress. Umm, we do. All federal employees are subjuect to drug testing. We drug test people before we give them a job why not before giving them welfare. Explain the difference to me.


$1140 over the course of 6 weeks is $1140.

It took 6 weeks to spend it. It doesn't say PER it says OVER THE COURSE OF


If they press me about it, I'll submit to one of those hair tests. But they're gonna have to pluck it from their front teeth. ; )


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