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Massachusetts leads 32 attorneys general in opposing administration plan to cut LSC funds

By Mark Iandolo | Jun 2, 2017

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced May 22 that she is leading a group of 32 attorneys general, along with Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, in opposing the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate federal funding for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC).

“Legal services provide an essential safety net for millions of our most vulnerable residents, including veterans applying for benefits and families escaping domestic violence,” Healey said. “We have to come together because we cannot turn our backs on families in need of assistance. We have organized this broad, bipartisan group to fight for access to justice for all Americans.”

The coalition of attorneys general drafted a letter to the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, stating the LSC helps residents nationwide receive justice as it has done for 40 years under Republican and Democratic administrations. It has helped veterans and military families and it has supported survivors of domestic violence and provided funds for families facing foreclosure and natural disaster victims, the letter says.

“Our state attorneys general know that all Americans, rich and poor, should be treated equally under the law,” said Martha Minow, vice chair of the Legal Services Corporation and dean of Harvard Law School. “That’s why, on a bipartisan basis, our chief law enforcement officers overwhelmingly support the Legal Services Corporation.”

Signing the letter were the attorneys general of Massachusetts, Alaska, American Samoa, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.

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