Patrick Sends the Wrong Message With Civil Legal Aid Cuts

Proposed cuts for civil legal aid would have devastating effects. The Boston Globe says Governor Deval Patrick sends the wrong message by doing so.

Editorial (Massachusetts)

Editorial Board of Boston Globe
Boston Globe
December 26, 2014
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Tags: Funding: State & Local

Organizations mentioned/involved: Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC), Boston Bar Association


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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.