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Friday, August 19, 2011

Wingnut Economics, Part I've Lost Count

Florida's drug testing program for welfare recipients costs more money than it saves.

Under the rules of the program, the state must reimburse recipients who receive negative test results. The state paid about $1,140 for the 38 negative tests, while saving less than $240 a month by denying benefits over the two positive tests.

The cost to taxpayers could end up being significantly higher because the state expects to have to defend the law in court.

Of course, the real reason for this testing isn't to save money. Its purpose is to further degrade and dehumanize poor people.

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