Drug tests of welfare recipients prove costly

  • Article by: Chris Serres , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 27, 2013 - 9:46 AM

Minnesota counties are scrambling to enforce the new law for random screening.

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davidtbrooksDec. 14, 1310:14 PM

This is not a good idea.

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naseth12Dec. 14, 1310:14 PM

The Right is never concerned about government spending when it comes to war: The War on Terror. The War on Drugs. The War on the Poor, not to be confused with the War on Poverty, most of which was largely gutted and then deemed ineffective by said Right. Afterall, the Poor can be so useful as an underclass...

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cntrygntlmnDec. 14, 1310:28 PM

There are always costs and headaches to implement new measures, this is no different. It is a smart law that will save money in the long run. Just need to work out the bugs first.

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naflackDec. 14, 1311:04 PM

florida has already shown the entire country this is not a cost effective measure. if the goal is to reduce spending this is barking up the wrong tree.

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diogenesnyDec. 14, 1311:08 PM

"There are always costs and headaches to implement new measures, this is no different. It is a smart law that will save money in the long run. Just need to work out the bugs first." Do you feel the same way about ACA/Obamacare?

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KonetzkiDec. 14, 1311:25 PM

Another wondered ALEC sponsored law designed to generate profit for corporations - drug testing firms.

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orpheus90Dec. 14, 1311:31 PM

Again, yet another legislative initiative from the right - lacking, as usual, any evidence-based rationale - designed with the sole purpose of creating further bureaucratic burdens on both the administration of social safety net programs and their intended clients. The mean-spirited cynicism behind legislation like this absolutely reeks.

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edmeleDec. 14, 1311:32 PM

Beware of unintended consequences if all the questions about this law were not researched before it was put in place.

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SammyBoyDec. 14, 1311:57 PM

@cntrygntlmn - Spending a dollar every day in hopes of preventing yourself from inadvertently spending a penny down the road is neither smart nor money saving. It's a money sink. Just look at Florida for an example of a fully functional program that is nothing more than a corporate subsidy to well-connected companies... this time, drug testing labs. Next time, maybe it will be another company that has found a way to demonize a demographic that either doesn't vote or votes for the political opponent. That seems to be the qualifying criteria these days.

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tituspulloDec. 15, 1312:18 AM

Ridiculous waste of money...it's no surprise that Drazkowski thought it up.

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