Thursday, February 27
(St.Paul, MN) -- The Minnesota House in the first hour of the 2014 legislative session approved 20 million additional dollars for the state's low income heating assistance program, prompted by the spike in propane prices. Balsam Township Democrat Tom Anzelc applauded the bill, saying "I've been through 68 of these winters, and this is the worst." The Minnesota Senate could vote on the measure as soon as next week Farmington Republican Pat Garofalo says the way to solve the propane shortage long-term is to pass the Keystone Pipeline. He claims there will be a 60- to 70-percent reduction in oil tanker traffic in the state of Minnesota's railways if we can get that pipeline opened up. Environmental groups strongly oppose the pipeline.