National Law Journal: House committee proposes $104 million funding cut for LSC

Zoe Tillman

The Legal Services Corporation is warning that the House Appropriations Committee‘s proposal to cut $104 million in funding next year could leave hundreds of thousands of low-income individuals without access to legal assistance.

The committee on Wednesday released its proposed fiscal year 2012 budget. Funding for the LSC would drop by about 26 percent, from $404 million this year to $300 million. In April, Congress reduced the group’s fiscal year 2011 funding from the original $420 million allocation.

According to a statement released by the LSC, the cuts would roll back funding to its lowest level since 1999.

The bulk of LSC’s funding is distributed to 136 nonprofit legal aid programs across the country. By the end of 2011, the group anticipates that at least 200 attorneys will have been laid off from Legal Services Corporation-funded programs across the country and many more will be laid off following the 2012 cuts.

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