Flordia recently enacted a law demanding that all welfare recipients pass a drug test before getting checks. Proponents of the law said that the savings in welfare payments would be substantial - well enough to cover the cost of the drug tests because people on welfare did drugs more frequently than people not on welfare. Opponents of the law said that this reasoning was flawed and relied on stereotyping with no supporting evidence whatsoever. They said this would cost the state more money and was nothing but a waste of money designed to punish the poor.
The data is in. 98% of welfare recipients passed the drug tests, costing the state of Florida $30,000 - $40,000 a month in testing while saving the state $3,400 - $5,000 a month in denied welfare payments.
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