A special panel that has the authority to spend money when Vermont lawmakers aren’t in session is set to vote on nearly $8 million in funding to help low-income residents heat their homes this winter.
It would be the second year in a row that the state has stepped up to fill in where the federal government has left off in funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
The Vermont Emergency Board is set to vote on the allocation today. While federal support for LIHEAP is being level-funded, heating fuel costs are higher than last year.
The Emergency Board is made up of the four legislative money committees, as well as the governor.