Congress should increase funding for legal aid programs through the federal Legal Services Corp. and drop restrictions that limit the programs’ effectiveness, the Washington Post urged in an editorial today. The Senate is moving toward voting on a bill that would fulfill both objectives, but it could be improved. Maryland Legal Aid is LSC’s only grantee in Maryland.
“Senate lawmakers have thus far also not been as generous as their House counterparts in setting the LSC’s budget for fiscal 2010,” the editorial said. “Senators anted up $400 million — $40 million less than the House and $35 million less than requested by President Obama. The Senate should move closer to the House number, given the tremendous need for these services and the fact that even the $440 million would essentially only restore LSC’s funding to what it was a decade ago.”
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