Nofs receives Legislative Leader Award

For Immediate Release
Feb. 20, 2014

Contact: Greg Moore

LANSING, Mich.— Members of the Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm (CTKMW) met Wednesday with state lawmakers at the Capitol in Lansing to raise awareness about the energy assistance needs of Michigan’s low-income households.

Earlier this month, Gov. Rick Snyder issued a formal proclamation designating February 2014 as Keep Michigan Warm Month.

“We met with legislators to provide them with the most current data regarding Michigan’s low-income population and energy assistance availability,” said Shaun Taft, chairperson of the CTKMW. “We’re confident that these lawmakers will be even more supportive of Michigan's energy assistance programs after they’ve had the opportunity to learn more about the realities our most vulnerable citizens are facing.”

As part of Wednesday’s events, the coalition presented its 2014 Legislative Leader Award to Sens. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek, and Bruce Caswell, R-Hillsdale, and Rep. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, who were instrumental in passing legislation last year to reform and fund Michigan’s low-income energy assistance programs.

“I am honored to receive this award from those on the front lines who see firsthand the importance of the programs and funding we put in place last year,” said Nofs. “Michigan has been hit with a particularly brutal winter this year, which only underlines our need to keep all Michiganders warm.”

The event at the Capitol is only one way in which the coalition works with state lawmakers to improve the delivery of energy assistance. Since 1987, the CTKMW has worked to improve the availability of financial and human resources to meet the energy assistance needs of Michigan’s low-income households.

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