Emergency Board To Vote On Extra Heating Aid

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A panel of top Vermont state officials who track fiscal issues is expected to approve Gov. Peter Shumlin’s request for $6.1 million in state money to make up for cuts in federal heating assistance.

Today the Emergency Board – made up of the governor and the chairs of the four legislative money committees – is scheduled to meet and vote on a plan unveiled by Shumlin last week.

Federal aid to Vermont for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program – or LIHEAP – is being cut from last year’s level of $27.5 million to $19.5 million this year. Shumlin’s plan is to make up for most of that cut with $5.1 million from a fund set aside by lawmakers last year to guard against federal cuts.

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