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Constitutional Law Keyed to Maggs
Dandridge v. Williams
Citation:397 U.S. 471 (1970)
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Maryland computed the standard of need for each eligible family under the federal Aid to Families with Dependent Children Program (AFDC) based on the number of children in the family and the circumstances under which the family lived. But the state imposed an upper limit on the total amount of money any one family unit was eligible to receive. In general, the standard of need increased with each additional person in the household, but the increments became proportionately smaller. The suit was filed by recipients who had large families – and whose standards of need thus substantially exceeded the maximum grants available – to enjoin Maryland’s rule on the ground that it was in conflict with the Equal Protection Clause.
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