Snyder: February is 'Keep Michigan Warm Month'

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Rick Snyder is joining with advocacy groups to raise awareness for Michigan families living without heat this winter.

Snyder proclaimed February "Keep Michigan Warm" month to highlight "the growing and critical need for home heating assistance in Michigan." It was requested by advocacy group Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm.

Snyder says "no one should ever have to choose between heating their home and feeding their family." He says many families are forced to spend more than half of their annual income on energy costs.

In 2011, Michigan lawmakers created the Vulnerable Household Warmth Fund to provide heating assistance to 95,000 low-income Michigan residents. But the fix was for that winter only.

Snyder says it is "important to remember a permanent solution for funding has yet to be developed."

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  • by free Location: Mason on Feb 18, 2013 at 02:50 AM
    You get people to care, until then nothing will change. Give you an example, here in Mason if you fall on hard times due to circumstances out of your control, you get kicked even harder. Just pointed in the direction of some agency that has no answers. They'll come together to fund some special interest recreational project, but down the road a family is struggling with basic needs. Sense of community is fake. Wanna keep people warm and solve problems, look at the priorities and backwards mentality of some of these communities.
  • by Nichole Location: East Lansing on Feb 17, 2013 at 07:11 AM
    If only he actually cared about the people of Michigan. If he is so concerned about people being able to pay for heat why did he raise our state income taxes AND threaten our job security and wages with his right to work laws. His actions show nothing but malice towards the people of this state, don't buy into his pretend concern for home heating costs.
  • by Robert Location: Holt on Feb 17, 2013 at 06:34 AM
    I'd like to keep warm but Mr. Snyder and his Republicant friends keep taxing me to death. He can't seem to stop his uncontrolled spending and his solution to all of Michigans ills is to raise taxes
  • by Name Location: Lansing on Feb 16, 2013 at 07:08 PM
    In July, it will be "Keep Michigan cooler" month, right?
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