Legal aid call to action: urge state reps to support MLAC amendment

Thursday, Apr. 24, 2014
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The House of Representatives is poised to consider amendments to the FY15 budget proposed by the House Ways and Means Committee next week. Included in the amendments is #157 filed by Rep. Ruth B. Balser (D-Newton), which would increase Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) funding to $17 million (from $13 million). Please call your State Representative and ask him/her to sign on and to convey support of Balser's amendment to House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and House Ways and Means Chair Brian S. Dempsey.

MLAC has been forced to cut grants by 51 percent since FY08. More than half of those who seek legal aid, and are eligible, are turned away due to lack of resources. Eligibility for MLAC programs is 125 percent of the federal poverty level, which is $29,813 per year for a family of four.

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