Legal Services Funding in Jeopardy!

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The North Carolina House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee has passed a provision in the 2017 Budget entitled “Eliminate Access to Civil Justice Funds.”  If enacted as written, this provision would eliminate approximately $1.7 million in combined funding for Legal Aid of North Carolina, Legal Services of Southern Piedmont, and Pisgah Legal Services. Eliminating Access to Civil Justice Funds would cause drastic reductions in legal aid agencies’ services to those most in need, undermining equal access to justice for North Carolina citizens.

The budget process in the General Assembly is moving very fast. The House passed its budget on Friday. The Senate budget passed earlier last month made no changes to legal aid funding.  The budget will now go to conference between the two bodies to reconcile differences.  We ask that you contact your representatives and senators in the North Carolina legislature today, as well as other legislators whom you know personally, and ask them to maintain full funding for legal aid services.

Please contact Betsy Ellis at Pisgah Legal Services if you have questions or would like more information, (828) 210-3444 or betsy@pisgahlegal.org