LEWISTON (AP) — Maine has received nearly $10 million in heating aid under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

The latest allotment released by federal government brings Maine’s total this year to nearly $40 million this winter, down from $55.6 million last year.

Rep. Michael Michaud said he recently sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to request $5.1 billion for LIHEAP’s budget next year, a level that would represent full funding for the program.

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