Everyone knows that Rick Perry, Texas’ governor, is right: everyone who is getting cash assistance from the state is a drug-using leach on good, tax-paying citizens. They take that giant wad of tax-payer’s cash and rush down the street to the local drug dealer. Lazy leaches on society!
Rick Scott, Florida’s governor, and Florida lawmakers believed the state could save a fortune if they denied cash assistance to all of those drug users! And that’s just exactly what they have done.
So, how is that working out?
Now that Florida has begun demanding that everyone receiving state cash assistance pass a state-funded drug test, only 2% of those tested actually test positive for drugs. Another 2% didn’t bother take the test for any number of reasons.
So, how much money is this saving the state of Florida since the tests cost the state $30 per person, per test, per month?
Well, according to this article in the Tampa Bay Online:
Cost of the tests averages about $30. Assuming that 1,000 to 1,500 applicants take the test every month, the state will owe about $28,800-$43,200 monthly in reimbursements to those who test drug-free.
That compares with roughly $32,200-$48,200 the state may save on one month’s worth of rejected applicants.
The savings assume that 20 to 30 people — 2 percent of 1,000 to 1,500 tested — fail the drug test every month. On average, a welfare recipient costs the state $134 in monthly benefits, which the rejected applicants won’t get, saving the state $2,680-$3,350 per month.
But since one failed test disqualifies an applicant for a full year’s worth of benefits, the state could save $32,200-$48,200 annually on the applicants rejected in a single month.
Net savings to the state — $3,400 to $8,200 annually on one month’s worth of rejected applicants. Over 12 months, the money saved on all rejected applicants would add up to $40,800-$98,400 for the cash assistance program that state analysts have predicted will cost $178 million this fiscal year.
Wow! Now that’s a real bargain! [sarcasm dripping from every single letter]
And this estimate does not take into account the amount of money the state is spending to implement and enforce the program. And when the lawsuits begin to fly, as they inevitably will, how much more will this ignorant prejudice against the poor cost Floridians? And who exactly will hold all of these prejudiced law-makers accountable for wasting tax payer dollars? (Or is punishing these people worth this price?)
From my vantage point, this is just another example of the hatetriotism sweeping this country and eating the soul of our humanity: pick on a tiny percentage of the population that is defenseless against the system, in this case, poor people.
You know, this is such a good idea; I suggest the state test all state employees for drugs, anyone who gets paid any money from the state. My hunch is that far more than 2% of all state employees are using illegal drugs. Just think of all the money the state could save if they fired everyone getting paid with state money if they test positive for drug use!
I bet the rich wouldn’t have to pay any taxes at all! Maybe no one would!