Having thought a little bit further about yesterday’s post on Virginia’s sales tax holiday, if the General Assembly really wants to help poor families, wouldn’t it make more sense to institute universal school uniforms throughout the Commonwealth? Include them in the cost of public education, so that every family gets uniforms for their school-aged children each year. Everyone in the community pays for the students to have them by paying their local taxes. As an added bonus, the poor kids don’t have to feel bad or have the rich kids destroy their self-esteem since everyone will wear the same thing. It would work.
Is this idea any more or less ridiculous than a sales tax holiday?