08/21/2010 // New York City, New York, US // TiffNews10 // News Desk
New York – A New York governor candidate has proposed turning some of the state’s prisons into dorms for people who receive welfare. As reported by the Associated Press (AP), Carl Paladino, a Republican candidate for governor, has suggested the dorms be used to facilitate a program for work training and “personal hygiene” lessons, which some activists have labeled as insulting.
Paladino is quoted by the AP as stating of the idea, “Instead of handing out the welfare checks, we’ll teach people how to earn their check. We’ll teach them personal hygiene … the personal things they don’t get when they come from dysfunctional homes.”
Ketny Jean-Francois, a former welfare recipient and advocate for low-income people in New York City, is further quoted as stating in response to the proposal, “Being poor is not a crime… People are on welfare for many reasons … Is he saying people are poor because they don’t have any hygiene or any skills?”
Paladino is running against former U.S. Rep. Rick Lazio for the Republican nomination in the primary.
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