This testimony includes requests to:
- Provide $15 million in gap funding for Office of Victims Services victims services programs facing a temporary cut in federal funding for these life saving services.
- Allocate the Legal Services Assistance Fund (LSAF) in the same manner as last year, including legal services for victims of domestic violence, and distribution of those funds to provide programmatic stability to legal services organizations throughout the state.
- Dedicate all LSAF dollars to the fund’s intended purpose. Do not transfer $9.8 million to the General Fund to be used for other purposes. Instead, dedicate it to increase the provision of civil legal services in the essentials of life.
- Support the 12.6% compounded cost of living adjustment to the $ 100 million for civil legal services programs.
Read the full testimony here: TESTIMONY: Public Protection Joint Budget Hearing 2022