Tuesday, February 6, 2007

CT's Diaper Bill

I thought that the Department of Social Services in CT already had services that covers the need to purchase diapers and care for their children. Clients are supposed to get cash assistance to cover basic needs. Then again, aren't diapers available from the New Haven Diaper Bank?

Apparently I am mistaken, and so I guess taxpayers will have one more program to fund this year:
SB 756

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

That the general statutes be amended to require the Department of Social Services to establish a program with local agencies to provide diapers for children living in poverty.
Introduced by: Sen. Toni Nathaniel Harp, 10th Dist.

First off, Please know I wouldn't begrudge anyone diapers for their baby. This legislation doesn't mention what type of diapers the state would provide. I thought however, that we wanted to stop the growth of landfill sites and promote the usage of cloth diapers. So where are the environmentalists on this proposed legislation? I guess we'll see at the public hearing on 2/8/07.

It seems our legislators are merely reacting to this crime spree that took place because a woman apparently needed diapers for her baby.
As one commenter put it:
If this woman has time to rob a store (where exactly was her baby?), then she can go get a job to support her child (if that's true) like the rest of us.

1 comment:

Blueberry said...

Not having to buy diapers was a huge motivating factor in potty training my children. Two of them were 3yo before they were ready and amazingly the other two were ready when they were 2yo. (They loved the little potty and wanted to be like their big sister).

We didn't like buying diapers because the money could have gone toward doctor bills and such, however, we made do by doing without in other areas.

If diapers are provided, what will be the motivation to potty train the kids? I hate to say this, but I fear that we'll end up with kids in diapers for quite a long time because it's easier to use the free ones than to put some work into helping our kids use a potty-you know, be a parent. When it gets to that point, we'll start hearing about mandatory potty training classes in the mandatory preschools with the goal of the kids being fully potty trained before the child is 6yo.

Also, I wonder what our founding fathers would say about such an issue? LOL