- Sep 2, 2008
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9 Investigates: Welfare Drug Testing - News Story - WFTV Orlando
9 Investigates' reporter George Spencer found very few applicants are testing positive for drugs.
The Department of Central Florida's (DCF) region tested 40 applicants and only two tested positive for drugs, officials said. One of the tests is being appealed.
Governor Rick Scott said the program would save money. Critics said it already looks like a boondoggle.
Therefore, the 38 applicants in the Central Florida area, who tested negative, were reimbursed at least $30 each and cost taxpayers $1,140.
Meanwhile, the state is saving less than $240 a month by refusing benefits to those two applicants who tested positive.
9 Investigates first uncovered evidence in June that a similar program in Idaho also cost more than it saved.