Editorial Board of Boston Globe
December 26, 2014
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Tags: Funding: State & Local
Organizations mentioned/involved: Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), Boston Bar Association
Given the current discussion about state budget shortfalls, it’s understandable that Governor Deval Patrick would want to shave every penny he can.
But the state’s civil legal aid program should not be on the chopping block.
A recent report from a task force of the Boston Bar Association determined that the program — which provides crucial services to some of the state’s neediest citizens — is already woefully underfunded. Patrick’s proposal to cut the budget for civil legal aid is misguided, and it sends the wrong message to the incoming administration.