Expanding MN Heating Assistance 06 Feb 14

Governor Dayton is expanding eligibility for the state’s heating assistance program due to the continued propane shortage. Income guidelines will increase so that households of four making less than about $52,000 a year will be eligible — and he expects an additional 30- to 40,000 households to apply. State Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman says the new state hotline is getting hundreds of calls daily from people who are either out of propane, close to being out, or have been subject to very high prices. Governor Dayton has also asked the federal government for additional funding for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. He also notified top state lawmakers that, if federal money isn’t forthcoming, he’ll ask the legislature for $17-million to beef up the program.