Back in 2008, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed into law the country's most expansive steroid-testing program for high school students, with a price tag of $6 million. All 700,000-plus public school student-athletes were eligible to be randomly chosen and forced to give a urine sample.
After fewer than two dozen students turned up positive in 50,000 tests, critics began decrying the program's cost as a waste of taxpayer money.
Now, with the state facing a projected $15 billion deficit in its budget, the steroid-testing program could be on the outs. The Texas House of Representatives' first draft budget axes the program's money, but the Senate's draft still includes its funding.
Supporters of the drug-testing program claim that while the tests haven't turned up many positive results, the threat of drug-testing acts as a deterrent for student-athletes.
Texas is only one of three states—the others being New Jersey and Illinois—that currently test high school athletes for steroids. Florida ended its $100,000 steroid-testing program in 2009, after only finding one positive test in 600, blaming the cost of the program for its demise.