27 Aug '11, 9am

Florida's Mandatory Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients Finds Few Fails, Saves Little Money | Care2 Causes

Florida's Mandatory Drug Tests for Welfare Recipients Finds Few Fails, Saves Little Money | Care2 Causes

Florida Governor Rick Scott’s plan to test all welfare recipients to see if they are using drugs before they can receive payments is hardly saving the state any money, according to recent reports . Of the roughly 1000 welfare applicants who have gone through testing so far, only about 2 percent — roughly 20 recipients — did not pass. At $30 per test, the state paid $28,800 in drug test reimbursements (960 reimbursements at $30 each, since about 2 percent also didn’t finish the application process) for those who did pass, while saving themselves about $66,000 in payments that did not have to be made for the year to those applicants that didn’t make it through for one reason or another (applicants receive $138 a month, or $1656 per year). Tampa Bay Online breaks down the numbers even further. Cost of the tests averages about $30. Assuming that 1,000 to 1,500 applicants take ...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/causes/floridas-mandatory-drug-tests...

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