Michigan utilities may add surcharge to help low-income families

(WXYZ) - Michigan utilities may add up to a one dollar surcharge on electric bills to help low-income homes pay for heat.

The new legislation passed the in the state House yesterday 86 to 21.

It's designed to find permanent funding for a low-income heating fund.

Although utility companies won't have to charge the fee, they'll be encouraged to participate to avoid delinquency issues.

The bill now move on to the Senate.

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