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Texas Legal Aid Funding might be the Worst in the Country

Texas has around 5.6 million people who qualify for legal aid. These are people who need restraining orders against abusive spouses, veterans who need their disability check, and families who need help to stay in their homes. Out of all these people in need, only 20 percent of them are covered by Texas’ legal aid. Fortunately, the state government has seen this problem and is trying to fix it. A bill, HB 1079, aims to provide additional funds to the Texas Access to Justice Foundation (TAJF), which manages legal funding in the state. Funding for Texas legal aid has been linked to the amount of interest gathered by certain government legal accounts, but the recession has shrunk these funds by $99 million. To make up for this shortfall, HB 1079 allocates penalty fines from some civil cases into the legal aid fund. This could provide the money needed to help…
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