Post urges Congress to increase legal aid funding

An editorial in this morning’s Washington Post urges conferees reconciling House and Senate bills to increase funding to the Legal Services Corp. (which funds Maryland Legal Aid) and end Congressional restrictions that tie the hands of civil legal programs that help the poor. “Tough economic times have led more poor–and newly poor–people to need legal help,” the editorial says. “The LSC has been grossly underfunded for years, and the amount of money it gets from private and non-federal government sources has been shrinking because of the recession. Fully funding the LSC and giving it as much flexibility as possible will help to ensure that the needy get help.”

To read the entire editorial, click here.

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