Preliminary welfare drug test results contrary to Governor Scott's claims08/26/11 Lisa Marzilli, Beth Bell
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On today's Last Call we were joined by Baylor Johnson, Online Advocacy Coordinator for the ACLU of Florida who talked about the mandatory drug testing of welfare recipients in Florida, ordered by Governor Rick Scott. The program went into effect July 1.
This week the Tampa Tribune published preliminary findings by the Department of Children and Families that contradict some of the claims made by Gov. Scott about drug use by those on government assistance.
In June Scott told CNNâ€™s T.J. Holmes that it wasnâ€™t right for taxpayers to be subsidizing peoplesâ€™ drug addiction, even though, he admitted he had no idea how many welfare recipients might be using drugs. When Holmes challenged Scott for more proof that this was the case in Florida, Governor Scott claimed that â€œsome studies show drug use is much higher among welfare recipients than in the population at largeâ€. The DCF data so far shows that only 2 percent of those tested for drugs have come back positive - well below the population at large and belying claims made by Governor Rick Scott.