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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-11-11 01:52 PM
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Drug testing welfare recipients is a net loss for Florida
The ACLUs Derek Newton says in a statement today that based on the NYT estimate that the average temporary assistance applicant receives $253 monthly for less than five months, the state has saved $40,480 in denied benefits due to drug testing.

With an average test cost of about $35, he writes, the state reimbursed $246,050 for the tests of those who passed. The net loss to the state of $200,000 since July does not include substantial administrative or legal costs.

According to the Times, opponents suggest the number of drug users among people who receive public benefits is lower than the general population, and proponents say that it suggests that drug users are being deterred from taking the test.

Newton adds that since the state requires applicants to pay for tests in advance and testing facilities are not available in every community, its impossible to know how many of the 1,597 applicants who did not take the test would have passed or failed or would have lost eligibility otherwise.

full: http://washingtonindependent.com/113391/drug-testing-we...

The Independent linked to the NY Times article from today "States Adding Drug Test as Hurdle for Welfare"
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-11-11 01:54 PM
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1. Hey, that 40 grand can pay for part of a state dinner by the criminal gov. nt
Edited on Tue Oct-11-11 01:54 PM by valerief
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-11-11 01:55 PM
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2. now let's drug test those thieving Wall Street bastards
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GESICC Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 05:27 AM
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6. Here, Here!
Seriously, I wonder what the stats would be :o)
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Mac1949 Donating Member (168 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-11-11 02:20 PM
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3. I wonder how much of that found it's way into the coffers
of Rick Scott's (or technically, his wife's) clinics? x(
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DirkGently Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-11-11 03:12 PM
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4. Another fact-proof part of the conservative homily: aid to the poor goes to pay for drugs.
Edited on Tue Oct-11-11 03:13 PM by DirkGently


(except, of course, that it doesn't).
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GESICC Donating Member (17 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-31-11 05:31 AM
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7. Used to see it all the time in Seattle
Folks exchanging stuff bought with food stamps for cash...
they did crack down on that, thank goodness.  I think they
are pretty difficult to liquidate now, also, thank goodness.
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Devin M Donating Member (13 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-23-11 02:35 PM
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5. Florida seems determined to screw itself
Just look at the primary schedule!
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