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Old 07-10-2013, 05:07 PM   #13
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After Florida passed their drug testing for benefits law only about 2% of applicants tested "dirty" - 96% tested clean - not sure what up with the other 2%. For that small of a percentage, drug testing seems to me to be a solution in search of a problem.

At least in Florida, applicants have to pay for the drug testing themselves (about $30 - $50). For some of us, that is no big deal. For people needing foodstamps/welfare, that can be a huge amount of money to have to come up with. Plus, if you test clean, the state reimburses the cost of the drug test. So that means that on top of welfare benefits, the state is paying for 96%of the drug testing. For those who test dirty, not only are they out the money for the drug test, they also are disqualified from receiving benefits for 1 year.

The drug testing companies get their money either way. Just another financial giveaway to business. It is theft of the public purse. I wonder how many legislators would have voted for the bill if it had been presented to them like this:

We're going to require drug testing for government benefits, of which the State of Florida will pay 96% of the costs. We need this to deny benefits to 2 people out of every 100 who apply.

Corporate welfare at its finest!
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