Saturday, July 31, 2010
Gov. Patrick, shame on you! Clothe our children!
That $150 allowance hasn't gone up in twenty-plus years, and of course it doesn't go as far as it once did-- even a secondhand pair of pants costs over five bucks at Goodwill-- but for families on public assistance, it lightens the load.
Last night I heard that Massachusetts' Governor Patrick plans to not pay the clothing allowance this year.
Yeah, I know, times are tight, just about everything (except health care) is being cut, but cutting from the bottom brings the whole weight of this economic disaster down on the poorest people's heads. Local merchants should be unhappy about this, too.
The way I figure it, an additional 66,000 children in Massachusetts will be wearing last year's, now ill-fitting winter jacket, or shoes too small, or unmatched gloves. I say additional because sixteen years of welfare reform has reduced the welfare caseload but not the number of kids living in poverty whose families don't receive TAFDC benefits..
I'm hoping that maybe, just maybe, if we flood the Governor's office with phone calls, we can get him to reverse his decision.
Starting Monday, start calling!
Governor Patrick's office:
Phone: 617.725.4005 or 888.870.7770 (in state)
Tell him NOT to make life any harder for Massachusetts' poorest kids.