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Lawmakers ask community for help with propane shortage

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Our state continues to feel the pinch of the propane shortage. Now, a group of lawmakers from central Wisconsin is asking the community for help in this crisis.

Just like the brutal cold, the propane shortage is showing no end in sight.

"It's been something we've never seen before," said State Rep. Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz).

Tens of thousands of people across Wisconsin are affected.

"It's serious," said Mursau.

Some families are worse than others.

"Some of them moved out of their houses and their houses froze," said Mursau. "So, it's pretty devastating for those folks."

That's why a group of Northwoods republican lawmakers is asking for help. During a news conference in Rhinelander Monday, the group asked people to donate to the Keep Wisconsin Warm fund.

"We thought we would lead by making a contribution and challenging the people in Wisconsin, if you want to help -- here's how you can do it," said State Sen. Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst).

The fund was established in 1996 after Wisconsin experienced one of its coldest winters on record.

"When people's heating costs have quadrupled or maybe even higher, that's serious," said Tiffany.

Since its creation, the fund has helped more than 76,000 households, raising $20 million.

"About 95% of the funds go directly to people who are in need," said Tiffany.

State Rep. Mandy Wright (D-Wausau) was not part of the news conference. But in an interview with Newsline 9, she says she agrees with the message.

"I have no problem asking for help. If we're in a crisis situation we need to use all the resources available," said Wright.

Wright also says steps needs to be taken for the future. But for now, this issue has managed to bring both political parties together as everyone works toward finding a solution.

If you're interested in donating to the fund click here: http://www.kwwf.org/Contact

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