Gov. Lamont extended the deadline for LIHEAP assistance, but state funds for relief remain unspent. Critics say the state was too frugal.
Advocates are still unsure the $20 million boost in federal funding will meet the state’s heating needs, given high energy costs.
Heating aid grants for many families will increase this winter but Republicans say the effort doesn’t go far enough.
The measure extends CT’s gas tax holiday, bolsters heating assistance, cuts ‘Premium Pay’ bonuses and adjusts the bottle deposit program.
Lawmakers in Washington and CT fought to include $1 billion in a short-term federal government funding bill to help offset heating costs.
New England lawmakers want more federal money for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, but it might not happen before winter.
Some are frustrated with 10 years of programs that should have helped residents insulate themselves from spikes in energy costs.
WASHINGTON — Kimberly Hart of New Haven is among more than 400,000 Connecticut residents who depend on food stamps — a program that would be cut under President Donald Trump’s budget, which also shifts some of the responsibility of feeding those in need to individual states.
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WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s first budget, to be released in detail Tuesday, would cut Medicaid funding to Connecticut and eliminate other programs state residents rely upon to try to make ends meet, such as one that helps low-income people heat their homes. Many of the proposed cuts will meet resistance from Congress.
WASHINGTON — The Trump budget blueprint was silent on the government’s largest social welfare programs, but elimination of federal help to pay heating bills also would cut back on food stamps for about 71,000 people in Connecticut.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal would strip Connecticut of tens of millions of dollars in federal grants, eliminating programs that subsidize heating bills for nearly 110,000 Connecticut households and provide housing for the homeless and after-school care. But the budget would boosting the state’s defense industry and fund a border wall.
WASHINGTON — The federal government’s proposed $1.1 trillion budget deal will please Connecticut health insurers, defense contractors and early childhood education advocates; but disappoint those seeking more federal heating aid and country-of-origin labeling on beef and pork.
Poor Connecticut households this winter will face about $784 million in energy bills above what they can afford, according to a new study released Wednesday by Operation Fuel.
“First of all I say, ‘Bravo,’” Rep. Rosa DeLauro, a Democrat who represents the New Haven area, said. [Governors] “are following the law.”
Washington – Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said House Speaker John Boehner is “shameful” and “reprehensible” when he says states like Connecticut are cheating when it comes to the federal food stamp program.