Sun: Funding fee increases "eminently sensible measure"

Today’s Baltimore Sun features two items on civil legal services: a front-page story (with a picture of Maryland Legal Aid staff attorney Christina Sawyer) about the funding-fee surcharge bills working their way through the General Assembly and the lead editorial endorsing the bills.

“Funding for legal services to the poor has plummeted as a result of the recession” the editorial said. “Unless something is done, thousands of families and individuals will lose their ability to challenge the decisions of mortgage companies, landlords, employers and health care providers in court. . . . Lawmakers should act to keep the gap in justice between haves and have-nots from growing even wider by passing this eminently sensible measure that will allow the [Maryland] Legal Services Corp. to continue to do the job . . ."