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Michigan Pol Thinks Foster Kids Should Only Wear Secondhand Clothes


A new budget proposal from Michigan state senator Bruce Caswell would require children in the state foster system to only buy their clothes at secondhand stores. Under the proposal, kids would receive gift cards that they could only use at places like Goodwill and the Salvation Army. Caswell told Michigan public radio that “once you’re out of the store and you walk down the street, nobody knows where you bought your clothes.” Funny, Charles Dickens wrote about a similar issue in Oliver Twist! “Dignity, and even holiness too, sometimes, are more questions of coat and waistcoat than some people imagine.”

[Michigan Radio]

This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on April 24, 2011


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