New Englanders Brace for Heating Aid Cuts 

It may be hot now, but the frigid days of the winter ahead are on the minds of officials in New England.Proposed cuts to the budget of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program nearly in half looms in a region where 70 percent of the households heat with oil. Latest figures show more than 350,000 of those households received LIHEAP support.Maine’s LIHEAP funding could drop from $58 million for this year to about $26 million. New Hampshire’s could be cut from $36 million to $15 million, and Vermont’s from $25.6 million to $11.6 million.Preseason jitters over the program are an annual occurrence, but usually, the needed federal funding comes through.Cuts are also proposed in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.(The Associated Press)