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Mich. could lose $75M in low-income heating aid

By AP

LANSING, MI –
State regulators are holding a hearing to discuss Michigan's possible loss of $75 million in federal funds for low-income heating assistance this year.

The Michigan Public Service Commission said Tuesday that it has set a public hearing for 10 a.m. March 10.

The hearing is required by Michigan law whenever a reduction in the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program occurs.

The federal program is operating as if it will get the full $5.1 billion budgeted for national use, but $1.1 billion still must be approved. The current funding expires March 4, and U.S. House Republicans promise to cut up to $84 billion from nine appropriations bills, including heating assistance.

If the extra money isn't appropriated, Michigan will get $193.9 million instead of the $269.7 million it got last fiscal year.

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