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Michigan's Republican-controlled legislature cut clothing allowance from $75 to $25 to assist Republican tax cuts for rich.
Another aspect to this plan was that lawmakers also trimmed back eligibility, limiting it to school-age children, four years and older on public assistance. Previously infants and toddlers were eligible.
It has been noted that this past winter many children have been going to school without coats, boots or hats!
Gov. Granholm is in many ways an improvement over our now former Gov. John Engler, but she has yet to prove herself an advocate for poor -- particularly poor children.
On a wider scale, west Michigan social activist and advocate for poor, Father Jack LaGoe said: "A nation willing to put itself into a debt of $400 billion a year for foreseeable future, asking only poor and lower middle class to pay for it, has lost its vision and any hope of peace." All articles are ? Copyleft 2003, Michigan Socialist Articles may be reproduced, printed and distributed freely, as long as proper attribution is given. Any questions or comments, write a Letter to Editor
Brian is a freelance writer and political activist who currently lives in West Michigan.