Florida Republican Rick Scott (who just in the six months he has been in office has managed to approach The Twenty-Seven Percent Solution(tm) on his approval numbers) has now put into place one of his more odious laws, random drug testing for all public assistance recipients (because they have to be criminals.)
Under the law, which went into effect on Friday, the Florida Department of Children and Family Services will be required to conduct the drug tests on adults applying to the federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.
The aid recipients would be responsible for the cost of the screening, which they would recoup in their assistance if they qualify.
Those who fail the required drug testing may designate another individual to receive the benefits on behalf of their children.
So why bother with this additional government regulation? Money, of course. Let’s recall Scott is in fact a Medicare fraudster of the highest order.
Controversy over the measure was heightened by Scott’s past association with a company he co-founded that operates walk-in urgent care clinics in Florida and counts drug screening among the services it provides.
In April, Scott, who had transferred his ownership interest in Solantic Corp. to a trust in his wife’s name, said the company would not contract for state business, according to local media reports. He subsequently sold his majority stake in the company, local media reported.
On May 18, the Florida Ethics Commission ruled that two conflict-of-interest complaints against Scott were legally insufficient to warrant investigation, and adopted an opinion that no “prohibited conflict of interest” existed.
No conflict of interest here, nope. But all Scott’s friends in the Florida medical services industry? Well, they just added a couple million drug tests a year to their balance sheets, and it’s a guaranteed revenue “stream” (if you’ll excuse the pun.) And even if 99% of the people they test are clean because they’re scared straight, the taxpayer gets to foot 99% of the bill. Lovely, huh? The more “effective” the program is, the greater the cost to taxpayers. I love it. LexCorp has nothing on this guy. Does it matter that a Michigan law that warranted the same testing was struck down in 2006 under fourth amendment issues? That was then. These days? Who knows?
But let’s stick it to the young bucks and the Cadillac Queens.[UPDATE] And Mr. 29% here is already talking about how great his second term will be.