Think Tank Reacts to Appeal of Judge’s Ruling to Halt Welfare Cash Drug-Testing


Below is a statement from Tarren Bragdon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Foundation for Government Accountability, regarding Governor Rick Scott’s appeal of U.S. District Court Judge Mary Scriven’s ruling to stop drug-testing for welfare cash:

“Child advocates and welfare watchdogs are proud of Governor Scott today for fighting Judge Scriven’s dangerous decision enabling addict parents with more welfare cash. Our tax dollars should not be used to fund illegal drug addiction that traps children in unsafe homes.”

“Judge Scriven put Florida kids at greater risk and terminated a welfare accountability program that achieved major savings for Florida taxpayers. During the three months welfare drug-testing was law, the state saved $30.64 in drug-related denials for every $1.00 spent reimbursing applicants who were drug-free. That’s $1.8 million in savings and peace of mind that welfare dollars were reserved for people who were honestly in need of a temporary hand up.”