Earlier this year, Florida Governor Rick Scott gave up on a lawsuit challenging Florida’s drug testing program for welfare recipients. This month, $600 thousand of Florida taxpayer’s money went to pay for settlement of the case. In the end, the lawsuit will have cost the state over $1 million in legal fees and other costs.
Isn’t it time we stop punishing poor children for their parents’ bad decisions? The Florida lawsuit wasn’t brought by a single man looking to take advantage of the system; it was brought by a single father. Drug tests, unreasonable work requirements and indefensible limitations like Kansas Governor Brownback’s proposal to limit welfare EBT withdrawals to $25 per day may reduce caseloads. But they don’t to anything to fix the underlying system or to provide for the children for whom welfare benefits may be the only hope for a good meal and a place to stay.