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Dayton signs bill to provide heating assistance

ST. PAUL -- An additional $20 million is on its way to Minnesotans who can’t afford to pay for heat this winter.

After legislators unanimously passed the heating aid increase in the first days of the 2014 session, Gov. Mark Dayton signed it Friday. The money goes into the state's program to help low-income Minnesotans pay for heat.

The extra money was approved because propane is in short supply and prices have soared this year after more of the fuel was needed last fall to dry grain and a frigid winter increased the need for heating fuel.

Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman said he expects 180,000 Minnesotans to get help paying for heat this season, 30 percent more than a year ago.

The aid is available for Minnesotans earning less than 60 percent of the state median income. For a family of four, that would be $52,370.

Information about how to apply is available at or by calling (800) 657-3710.

Don Davis
Don Davis has been the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau chief since 2001, covering state government and politics for two dozen newspapers in the state. Don also blogs at Capital Chatter on Areavoices.