Massachusetts advocates see more need for legal aid cash under Trump

The Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation is requesting a $5 million increase state funding, which would bring the annual total up to $23 million.

News Story (Massachusetts)

Katie Lannan
State House News Service (MA)
January 28, 2017

Tags: Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC)


At the annual Walk to the Hill advocacy day, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants said that lawmakers may question why the group should receive such a significant funding bump when most state agencies are on track for a 1 percent increase.

“The fair answer is, we can expect the coming year to present unprecedented challenges to the rule of law, and to the health and well-being of the poor and the vulnerable in this commonwealth,” Gants said.

Lacking enough resources, legal aid organizations in the state turn away 64 percent of eligible people seeking help, according to the legal assistance corporation.