Understanding the State Budget Process
Your participation is crucial to our budget campaign’s success. Below is a timeline of the state budget process that lets you know important dates in our campaign from January to July.
• The State Budget Process [PDF]
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Budget Fact Sheets
The EJC’s legislative funding campaign calls on state lawmakers to adequately fund the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation (MLAC) line item in the Fiscal Year 2020 state budget.
View MLAC’s Budget Fact Sheet for the Fiscal Year 2020 campaign!
View MLAC’s House Amendment Fact Sheet – encouraging legislators to co-sponsor amendment #1095 to increase civil legal aid funding to $24 million in the House budget.
Issue-specific Fact Sheets
Civil legal aid programs in Massachusetts provide legal assistance to low-income individuals and families in a variety of cases, including housing, employment, education, health care, and family law, among others. Below are a series of fact sheets created by the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation that detail the types of cases closed in each issue area, as well as specific ways civil legal aid helps clients.
• Family Law and Domestic Violence [PDF]
• Housing [PDF]
• Employment/Unemployment [PDF]
• Immigration [PDF]
• Health Care [PDF]
• Opioid Crisis [PDF]
Civil legal aid has broad support from the legal, business, and nonprofit communities in Massachusetts. Click the link below to view the list of community organizations that have endorsed MLAC’s FY20 budget request.
• FY20 Social Services Endorsement List
To view the letters of support submitted to the governor and the legislature by the law firm managing partners, corporate counsel for businesses and organization, county and affinity bar associations, as well as the deans of all nine Massachusetts law schools, visit our Letter Campaign page.