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

If they tested all current members receiving benefits the failure would skyrocket.

Anonymous

How many people didn't apply lnowjn they wouldn't pass the test? I'd anyone else sick of opinion writers who post numbers as if theyve done their due diligence?

Anonymous

I agree...current members receiving benefits should be tested. There would be your number of positive tests!

Anonymous

Not true, Florida saves more than 100 percent of what it pays over the annual span of their budget. 240 a month is nearly 2880 a year thus SUCCESS.

Anonymous

no. i'm not sick of it at all. write on, "opinion writers". i AM, however, sick of the "opinion commenters".

Anonymous

I applaud Florida for what they're doing.....we drug-test those who work for their cash, so we should also test those who don't.

Anonymous

i agree, there should be random testing too! we'll see how many negatives then!

Anonymous

i agree, there should be random testing too! we'll see how many negatives then!

Anonymous

I believe that once the current case loads come up for re determination then we will see more of a savings.

Anonymous

At 240/month, it only takes 5 months and the state comes out ahead...

How often do the recipients have to drug test?

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