Many in upstate are bracing for higher utility bills in the wake of the January 14 winter storm, but Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says she has a plan to relieve some of the financial burden.
The Heating and Cooling Relief Act proposes an investment of $40 billion to expand to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), according to WHEC.
Gillibrand says more than 1.2 million families in the U.S. owe roughly $1.7 billion in late energy payments. This legislation would make it so families enrolled in LIHEAP would not spend over 3% of their yearly income on energy costs.
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