Democrats Unveil Heating Assistance Plan

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Expanding and bolstering the state's heating assistance programs, that's what House and Senate Democrats are aiming for with a package of bills unveiled Monday morning.

It's called the W.A.R.M. plan or Winter Assistance and Relief for Michigan. A few of it's highlights are winter shut off protection for low income households, a weatherization tax deduction and also an income tax check off box for donations. Democrats say it's a plan Michigan can afford even though the budget was just recently balanced and the W.A.R.M. plan wasn't part of it.

The Republicans are also trying to help those coping with high heating bills. Last summer, House Republicans approved more than $100,000,000 worth of federal funding for low income assistance.