Posted on August 25, 2022
I, and my Republican colleagues, continue to raise concerns about the financial pressure residents face as the cost of home heating skyrockets. As of Aug. 15, 2022 the average price for home heating oil in Connecticut was $4.57. A year ago, that average was $2.74. In 2020, the average was $2.02.
We proposed a plan to use some of the state’s significant surplus funds to expand the state’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, in order to assist more people with home heating assistance. But that plan fell on deaf ears.
I wanted to let you know that on Monday, Aug. 29 at 10 a.m., a Joint Public Hearing of the Appropriations, Human Services and Energy and Technology committees will take place so lawmakers can discuss Governor Lamont’s planned allocations for the LIHEAP program.
For anyone who has used the program, or who is dealing with these high costs, this hearing is an opportunity to have your voice heard. You can submit written testimony ahead of the hearing and can speak via Zoom.
Testify by Zoom: Click here to register to testify. The deadline is this Friday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. Speaker order will be posted here on the Appropriations Committee website by 5 p.m. the same day.
Submit written testimony: Email a Word or PDF document to APPTestimony@cga.ct.gov; ETTestimony@cga.ct.gov; HSTestimony@cga.ct.gov.
If you do not have internet access, you may provide testimony via telephone. To register to testify by phone, call the Phone Registrant Line at 860-240-0033 to leave your contact information.
You can watch the hearing via CT-N or YouTube Live