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Florida’s New Drug Testing Program A Drain On The State Budget

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Urine TestTold You So: Florida’s New Drug Testing Policy Already Costing Taxpayers More

by Rachel Bloom

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 testednegative 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?

Article From ACLU.org

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  1. When I consider the racist policies of the Democrat party — preferential treatment for people of color, public benefits for illegals — I am not alarmed at the dismantling of the social welfare programs that were seen to be a good thing when we had an idea of what was meant by “American.”

    “Healthy families,” “Head Start,” “First Five,” for everyone who isn’t caucasian and for everyone who enters the country illegally: to hell with that crap.

    US House Speaker John Boehner said it best in Iowa, “We are fighting for our culture.”