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Constitutional Law Keyed to Varat
Dandridge v. Williams
Citation:397 U.S. 471, 90 S.Ct. 1153, 25 L.Ed.2d 491 (1970).
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Maryland participated in the federal Aid to Families with Dependent Children program (AFDC) which provided grants for each child, but imposed an upper limit of $250/month. As such, recipients with large families received less aid per child than smaller families not affected by the maximum. Plaintiffs challenged the cap, arguing the state limit discriminated against them because of the size of their family in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment.
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