Govs of Vt. and Mass. Urge More Heating HelpPosted by jcashman
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The governors of Vermont and Massachusetts are urging Congress not to cut in half a federal program that provides home heating assistance for low income families.
Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick are spearheading a bipartisan call on Congress by 15 governors to urge level-funding for LIHEAP, the low-income home heating program that faces up to a 50 percent reduction.
Shumlin says the proposed cuts in heating assistance could be devastating for Vermont families.
The governors are calling for $4.7 billion in LIHEAP spending, the same as last year.
About 27,800 low-income Vermont families depend upon heating assistance to stay warm.
Vermont is scheduled to receive about $11 million in federal LIHEAP spending this year, significantly less than past years.
Copyright 2011 The Associated Press
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