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Heat Wave 2011: States Cut Programs Helping Families Pay Electric Bills

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Post by Guest on Fri Jul 22, 2011 7:22 am

"I've never seen it this bad," said Timothy Bruer, executive of Energy Services Inc., which administers the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program in 14 Wisconsin counties. The group has turned away about 80 percent of applicants seeking cooling assistance.

The sizzling summer heat comes after a bitterly cold, snowy winter in many places and at a time when unemployment remains stubbornly high.

The cuts began after Congress eliminated millions of dollars in potential aid, forcing state lawmakers to scale back energy assistance programs. The agencies that distribute the money are worried that the situation could get even worse next year because the White House is considering cutting the program in half.

The situation could get worse next year. President Barack Obama has proposed cutting funding for the program to $2.5 billion.

States are worried. A group of governors plans to send a letter to Congress asking lawmakers to maintain the federal funding at current levels next year.

"It seems like the wrong time to be cutting energy assistance," Wolfe said. "People need help getting by. There are a lot of people right on the edge. To cut them now is cruel."

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/21/heat-wave-2011-states-cut-programs-electric-bills_n_906263.html

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Re: Heat Wave 2011: States Cut Programs Helping Families Pay Electric Bills

Post by Guest on Fri Jul 22, 2011 2:10 pm

I think all those involved in the debt negotiations should be treated like the people they are trying to take from - put them all in a conference room in D.C. WITHOUT air conditioning (about 110 degrees there today) and let them "negotiate". I think they will strike a deal pretty quickly.

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Re: Heat Wave 2011: States Cut Programs Helping Families Pay Electric Bills

Post by americatheneedy on Fri Jul 22, 2011 8:22 pm

What is wrong with you guys??? Don't you know the wealthy need that extra money?? What if they have to buy new golf clubs or a Mercedes, what will they do?? For shame.. capitil hill

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