Peter Shumlin joins us to
discuss his programs and policies, we touch base with Valley News editor John Gregg on the New Hampshire elections, learn about funding for Vermont’s heating assistance program and hear about the political dynasty that is the Diamondstone family.
Funding levels for the federal low income heating assistance program, commonly known as
below what they were last year, even though the state’s congressional
delegation was able to pump another $5 million into the program.
Peter Shumlin and legislative leaders have promised to use state money to make
up for federal cuts in a fuel assistance program. The goal is to make sure that low income Vermonters
stay warm this winter.
variety of officials around New
England are lobbying
Congress to make sure the low-income heating assistance program is funded. Vermont’s top legislative leaders sent a letter to the
state’s congressional delegation pressing for as much money as possible.
Senator Bernie Sanders is working to build a bi-partisan group to
support additional funds for the Low Income Heating Assistance Program. Last
year, Vermont received roughly $23 million in LIHEAP funds. But the
Obama Administration has proposed cutting the appropriation in half.