Gov. Mark Dayton signed his first bill of the session Friday morning, approving an additional $20 million in heating assistance.
His office says the bill adds $20 million to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, which will help about 180,000 Minnesotans pay their heating bills this winter.
Said the governor in a statement:
“The amount of propane needed to heat Minnesota homes, farms, and businesses during this exceptionally cold winter and the skyrocketing cost of propane threatened to exhaust our state’s LIHEAP funding and put our citizens out in the cold. This funding crisis required immediate action – action that the legislature wisely took today.”
Officials say qualifying families must apply for assistance at the local service provider in their area; Minnesota has 32 local service providers. A list of local service providers and information on applying for assistance is available on the Minnesota Department of Commerce website or by calling (800) 657-3710.