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Thanks for your insightful blog post. In some reading I did a while ago I learned about assistance that was included as part of the legislation to create a trust fund to finance tax relief and resources for utility companies to assist low-income consumers. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities -- http://www.cbpp.org/cms/?fa=view&id=445 -- provided a report focused on this topic (as you're likely aware).

I'm wondering how this fares for relief or support in Minnesota? Is that something that becomes state or federally funded?

I look forward to your continued blog entries as part of this series. What a resource for pubTalk!

I don't know much about the tax relief for low-income consumers. I think that comes in the form of adjustments to the Earned Income Tax Credit. The other forms of relief are through Social Security and EBT food stamps. These are all methods that the Minnesota Budget Project is promoting because our emphasis is on using existing methods.
The allocations to the utility companies are more controversial because it isn't stated that the relief coming through the utility companies has to go to low-income customers. It could be spread across all customers, or spread between businesses and individuals. Basically, if the purpose of that allocation is to have it reach low-income people, doing that through the utility companies is not efficient or effective and we are advocating for that allocation to be distributed through other methods like increased food stamp allowances.
For these forms of relief, I think it's all federal, not specific to MN.

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