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Up To 42,000 Minnesotans To Lose Energy Assistance

Wednesday, November 30th, 2011 at 7:19 am

As many as 42,000 low-income Minnesotans who received public assistance to pay for energy and heat during last winter will not get it this year as the federal government has drastically cut aid to the states.

Mike Rothman is the Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce and he told KSTP he believes this will “have a severe impact on Minnesotans,”.

Rothman’s department is only expected to get $73 million, down from last year’s $152 million, for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program, which helps needy Minnesotans pay for energy needs during the winter months.

Instead of helping the 172,099 Minnesotans given assistance during the winter of 2010, the money will only cover an estimated 128,000-130,000 people this year. Basically that means that one-in-four who received help last year will not receive help this time around according to state projections.

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