Foundation: Judge's Drug-Test Injunction Puts 'Florida Kids at Greater Risk'

Tarren Bragdon, president and CEO of the Foundation for Government Accountability, applauded Gov. Rick Scott’s decision to appeal a federal judge's ruling that blocked Florida's drug testing of welfare recipients.

“Child advocates and welfare watchdogs are proud of Governor Scott today for fighting Judge Mary 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," Bragdon said.

FGA calculated that during the three months welfare drug-testing was law, the state saved $30.64 in drug-related denials for every $1 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," Bragdon said.
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