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Constitutional Law Keyed to Rotunda
Dandridge v. Williams
Citation:397 U.S. 471 (1970)
Maryland computes the standard of need for each eligible family based on the number of children in the family and the circumstances under which the family lives. Generally, the standard of need increases with each additional person in the household, but the increments become proportionately smaller. The regulation at issue imposes upon the grant that any single family may receive an upper limit of $250 per month in certain counties. The appellees have large families, so that their standards of need as computed by the State substantially exceed the maximum grants that they actually receive under the regulation. The appellees contended that the maximum grant limitation operates to discriminate against them merely because of their size of their families in violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.
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