Gov. Dayton signs first bill: $20 million more in heating aid

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.  

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by John Appelen on 03/02/2014 - 05:54 pm.

    Subsidies vs Loans?

    What is the rationale regarding heating assistance being given out as cash welfare payments rather than loans?

    Should we also buy these individuals new furnaces when they go out?

  2. Submitted by jason myron on 03/03/2014 - 12:25 am.

    The rationale

    is that we live in a society and have a moral obligation to help those less fortunate. I can’t believe that you would rush to post yet another diatribe against spending some money to keep people warm. It must really be horrible to wake up everyday with such a lack of empathy for anything other than your own wallet.

    • Submitted by John Appelen on 03/03/2014 - 09:05 am.

      I agree

      That’s why I give a great deal to many charities. I believe it is a personal moral obligation to care for the truly needy / disabled.

      That does not mean I think it should be a duty of government to take money from one citizen and give it to another to make folks like yourself feel better.

      So do you think we should always subsidize the choices of people so they can live in nicer or bigger homes than they can afford?

      Remember that I did not encourage freezing anyone, I just recommend that these be loans that must be repaid.

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