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David Bly, We All Do Better
Member of Minnesota House of Representatives District 20B
Updated: 37 min 56 sec ago
In response to the alarming spike in propane costs throughout Minnesota, the Department of Commerce recently announced additional financial assistance for eligible Minnesotans currently heating their homes with propane and heating oil.
Financial assistance is available through Minnesota’s Energy Assistance Program (EAP), with additional payments available as early as next week. Households with an income less than 50 percent of the state median income ($43,642 for a family of four) may qualify for up to $500 in additional assistance, according to the Department of Commerce.
There is also a newly-created hotline operating Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:30pm for Minnesotans who have questions about the current propane situation or who are in danger of running out of heating fuel. Residents of greater Minnesota can reach the hotline by calling 1-800-657-3504.
MPR has reported on the release of extra subsidies by the federal government and some possible reasons for the shortage.
I recently had the pleasure of touring the Northfield High School with the Senate Education Committee chair, Sen. Wiger and Sen. Dahle. We visited the 9th grade Academy, the TORCH program and a High Tech Robotics class that Mark Woitalla (seen above) teaches. This visit and a fair amount of thinking and reading I’ve been doing about how we truly get our economy back on its feet prompted me to write an article recently. Although there is good news about the improving job climate in the state they are not always the kinds of jobs that will create the vibrant economy we need. So many good manufacturing jobs have been lost to outsourcing to other countries that we need to find new ways to create these kinds of jobs. Here is the link to a recent opinion piece I wrote for the Northfield News, you’ll also find mention of the recent Climate Change event that occurred Jan. 18th at St. Olaf :
Here is a link to the Northfield News article about the recent town hall meeting:
Senator Kevin Dahle and I are cohosting town hall style meetings on Tuesday, January 25th, prior to the start of the legislative session. Please come and make us aware of issues of importance to you!
Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Building: Montgomery Public Library
Address: 104 Oak Ave SE
Time: 12 Noon to 1:00 PM
Building: Lonsdale Public Library
Address: 1006 NE Birch St
Time: 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM
Building: Northfield Public Library
Address: 801 Washington St.
The Northfield Area Climate Summit will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, in Buntrock Commons at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Admission is free; advance registration is required.
Meteorologist Paul Douglas will give the keynote address with a talk entitled, “Climate Change: Natural Cycle or Troubling Trend?” starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by a panel discussion and breakout sessions led by distinguished science and/or industry leaders.
Many believe that increasingly severe and frequent natural disasters are linked to climate change. Overcoming the economic uncertainty caused by these major natural disasters will take cooperation between the public, government agencies and our business community. For more information on how Northfield and the state have been affected, see my opinion piece in the Northfield News.