Thursday, September 29, 2011

Gov. Rick Scott Defends Drug Testing For Welfare Recipients on CNBC

Florida Governor Rick Scott appeared on CNBC this morning to defend his position that Florida welfare recipients be drug tested in order to receive state aid.

The new law is currently being challenged in federal court in Orlando where U.S. District Court Judge Mary Scriven recently granted the Florida Department of Children and Familes 14 days to defend an ACLU suit brought by former U.S. Navy veteran Luis Lebron on behalf of all Florida welfare recipients.

Governor Scott has made several early morning appearance on CNBC since becoming governor where he has repeatedly emphasized his focus on economic growth and jobs for Florida.

Scott also said that extending unemployment benefits increases unemployment costs to employers, which in turn causes businesses to hire less people.

His most infamous CNBC appearance occurred earlier this year when he admitted to catching and eating overlimit red fish: