State leaders agree to boost funding for heating assistance program

Tuesday, December 13th 2005, 2:25 pm
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ State leaders say $5-million will be added to a program to help low-income Oklahomans pay their heating bills this winter.

Governor Henry, Senate President Pro Tem Mike Morgan and House Speaker Todd Hiett said today the money will be added to $10-million in federal money.

The funding goes to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program of the state Department of Human Services.

Henry says heating bills are expected to rise by up to 50 percent this winter because of rising natural gas prices. The higher gas prices also mean more revenue for the state.