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From Sam Milkes on the PLAN Blog:

101 days into the fiscal year, a final budget has been adopted and is on its way to the Governor for his expected signature. Despite a number of scares along the way, and lots of ups and downs, funding for civil legal services came out fairly well. Not fully what we had hoped for, but also not the low point that looked very possible at times.

Here is where we are. The state appropriation for legal services is $3.064 million, compared last year’s appropriation of $3.172 million, which got reduced to $3.072 as the Governor began to freeze many areas of spending due to declining state revenues.

On the filing fee side, the passage Tuesday of HB 1607 was a major breakthrough for legal services.

Full Details on the PLAN Blog>>


Workshop Materials from the 2009 Pennsylvania Legal Aid Network Conference, held September 22-23, 2009 in Harrisburg, are now available in the PLAN Brief and Information Bank.

View the Conference Materials>>