MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker is making $8.5 million more available to help low-income Wisconsinites get the propane fuel they need to stay warm.
Walker announced more aid for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, after he met Monday with industry leaders and his cabinet on the acute propane shortage. He also granted $8 million in temporary lines of credit to propane distributors, so they can pay for their own supplies.
Walker said he asked state agencies to, "assist as appropriate" to help a quarter-million Wisconsin propane customers deal with skyrocketing fuel prices -- and shortages that are causing propane companies to scramble to find enough fuel.
The state's Economic Development Corporation will handle that end of the matter -- as well as WHEDA, the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.
In the meantime, Walker is urging folks to conserve when possible -- and keep track of their propane supplies closely.
Earlier Monday, we learned that U.S. Senate Democrat Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin urged President Obama to get involved. She wants Obama to order companies to moderate their exports, to make sure Americans have enough propane to make it through.
(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)