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The Coastal Packet

The longtime national journal, Progressive Review, has moved its headquarters from Washington DC to Freeport, Maine, where its editor, Sam Smith, has long ties. This is a local edition dealing with Maine news and progressive politics.

2/8/10

MAINE SCREWED BY OBAMA'S HEATING ASSISTANCE FORMULA

Maine Public Broadcasting - Under a new formula adopted by the Obama Administration, colder states like Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and even Alaska are seeing a huge drop in emergency federal funding for low income energy assistance. In Maine, it translates to a decline of about 80 percent. Southern states, meanwhile, are reaping the rewards. . . Usually, every year, Maine gets a sizeable portion. Last year it was close to $30 million. But this year? Less than five. . . . "There's a lot of outrage going on about this and I think you'll see a lot of protesting over the formula," says Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree. Pingree says the problem is that the administration's new methadology relies on factors such as population, relative changes in unemployment, income and temperature. "They looked at states like ours where unemployment was stabilizing, or the weather hadn't had dramatic shifts for the cold and they went to states that had unusual temperature drops," Pingree says. "But I think what they're forgetting is: We already had a high unemployment rate, we're already suffering and have many elderly. And we're having a normally cold winter, which we always do."

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