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Heating Aid Could Be Cut

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NEW BRITAIN, Conn. (AP) _ Congressman Chris Murphy says Connecticut would lose about $5.6 million in heating aid for low-income families this winter if lawmakers in Washington don’t stop the “fiscal cliff” from becoming a reality.

Murphy has scheduled a round-table discussion on the looming aid cuts Tuesday in New Britain.

Connecticut is set to get $79.5 million from the heating aid program this fiscal year. Murphy says that number could be slashed by 7 percent under the “fiscal cliff,” which is a series of automatic spending cuts and tax increases that will go into effect if Congress doesn’t act.

Murphy is calling for preservation of funding for the program, which serves nearly 120,000 households in Connecticut. The average benefit per household in the state was $863 in the 2011 fiscal year.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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