...IF there was a way to get the money withheld, i.e. from income tax reimbursement, or something of that nature. If one was to wait for the "constituents" to repay the money, how long do you think they might have to wait to see any of it?
I've never liked tattoos, but have friends and family who think they are "it." The government has not encouraged any of them to get tattoos; therefore, the government should not pay for their removal.
This compassion/sympathy/empathy, whatever, with gang members who get their faces tattooed is the same type of thing that fueled Lyndon Johnson's "Great Society." That was the implementation of the type of "gimme" programs that you see in government today. "Constituents" and politicians felt uncomfortable with what they saw in everyday society, so they decided to throw money at the problems, in hopes that they would either go away, or turn into something acceptable. We are now supporting a large segment of society whose GRANDPARENTS were the first recipients of that societal guilt and government largesse.
I'm with Suzy-folks must be (or become) accountable for their own actions. As someone else noted, it is not the responsibility of someone in Arizona to pay to have a tattoo removed from someone in Georgia, that they don't even know.