Drug Tests for Needy Families, The Five-Minute Analyst
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The state of Flonda has signed into law a bill that requires welfare applicants to take a drug test to continue receiving benefits. A twist to this law is that applicants will pay for the drug test out ot pocket. If they pass the drug test, their fee ($10-$25) (3) will be reimbursed, and they will continue to receive benefits under the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program (TANF) for six months. The value of this benefit 1s $300 per month. Approximately 4,000 persons apply for the benefit each month. Will this policy save money for Florida?