The Supreme Court of the United States has held that the State of Maryland may, pursuant to its maximum grant regulation, limit the amount of AFDC public assistance to large-member welfare families without violation of the Equal Protection Clause.
Dandridge v. Williams, 90 S. Ct. 1153 (1970).
In conjunction with the federal Aid to Families with Dependent Children program, the State of Maryland adopted a "maximum grant" regulation which provided-for a ceiling on the amount of AFDC public assistance available to any single family unit. Appellees, AFDC recipients, brought suit to enjoin the application of the Maryland maximum grant regulation on the ground that it was in conflict with the Social Security Act of 1935 and with the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. A three-judge district court held that the Maryland regulation violated the Equal Protection Clause. On appeal, however, the U. S. Supreme Court reversed, with Mr. Justice Stewart authoring the majority opinion.
Thomas N. Silverman,
Constitutional Law - The Maximum Welfare Grant,
Duq. L. Rev.
Available at: https://dsc.duq.edu/dlr/vol9/iss2/9