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Gov. Walker to meet with distributors about propane shortage Monday

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker says he'll meet with distributors on Monday, to see what can be done about a growing shortage of propane heating fuel.  

The Republican Walker says there appears to be no easy fix to the shortage, which has hit many parts of the nation while sending propane and natural gas prices to record highs.  

About five-and-a-half million U.S. households use propane to heat their homes -- mostly in the Midwest and South.  

Senate Republican Dale Schultz of Richland Center asked Walker to use some of the state's budget surplus to deal with the problem -- but he says more money will not have an impact.  

Winter storms and long cold spells are exacerbating the problem. The National Weather Service said Green Bay has had 22 days below zero so far this winter -- tied for the fifth-largest on record to this date. La Crosse is having its 20th coldest winter on record, and the coldest in five years.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)