Economy 14 Dec 2006 02:11 pm

Government Appeals Money Redesign

by Sean Hackbarth

Twenty-dollar bill

The Treasury Department appealed a judge’s decision to redesign the currency so it’s more useful to the blind. They argue making changes would be too costly to the government and vending machine operators. Christopher Gray, president of the American Council of the Blind, is willing to wait for the next counterfeit-preventing redesign. “We would be happy to wait until the next change in the bills and build accessibility in at that time,” Gray said. “Surely, if you did it that way, the costs can’t be anything like what is being claimed by Treasury.” Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, opposes the ruling writing in USA Today [via twoorthree.net], “The cost to society in changing machines that accept currency, such as vending machines and ATMs, will be much greater than the small convenience afforded to the blind by being able to identify money by touch.”

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