MN Senate approves emergency heating assistance

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MN Senate approves emergency heating assistance

February 27, 2014 Updated Feb 27, 2014 at 5:15 PM CST

St. Paul, MN (NNCNOW.com) - Thousands of low income households will be able to keep the heat on this winter following a vote Thursday by the Minnesota Senate.

Lawmakers approved an emergency $20 million bill that funds the Low Income Heating Energy Assistance Program.

Propane costs have risen from $1.55 per gallon last fall to almost $5 per gallon.

Senator David Tomassoni (DFL-Chisholm) cautions it's a short term solution.

"This is at least going to put more money into the pipeline for people who really need it. Tthe cost of propane went through the roof for what people seem to think are justifiable reasons but I can't imagine that laws of supply and demand can justify a 500 percent increase in anything. I'm happy that were able to put some money into this, I'm happy the governor got out in front on it and I'm happy we're putting extra money in where people will need it. This will help a lot of people across the state," sen. Tomassoni said.

The Minnesota House approved the measure Tuesday right after the start of the session.

Resources:
State Emergency Operations Center’s (SEOC) public propane hotline: (1-800-657-3504)
The hotline operates Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Information about applying for the LIHEAP program is available online or by calling 1-800-657-3710.

Written by Kevin Jacobsen
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