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State officials to fight proposed LIHEAP cuts

Written by Radio Pennsylvania | Apr 16, 2017 8:52 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- State officials say they will fight a proposal to eliminate federal funding for home heating assistance. 

The Trump administration's budget for the next fiscal year would eliminate LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program which provides grants to pay heating bills. 

Pennsylvania received 185 million dollars for the 2016-2017 winter season, according to state Human Services Secretary Ted Dallas.

"The amount of money that we receive we could not replace in the state budget.  I hope that this is just an ill-advised attempt to do something like that and not a serious proposal," he said.

Dallas says over 345 thousand Pennsylvania households benefited from the grants.

He says the Wolf Administration has been in touch with the state's Congressional delegation urging members to speak out in opposition to the cuts. 

 

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