INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Gov. Mike Pence is asking farmers and others to return any unused propane to their suppliers as the state struggles through an ongoing shortage.
Pence also announced Wednesday he would extend travel waivers to maintain the flow of propane to homeowners and farmers and was adding $5 million in heating assistance for low-income residents.
The governor estimated that roughly 500,000 Indiana residents rely on propane to heat their homes.
Pence’s actions come on the heels of legislative efforts to alleviate widespread problems. The Indiana Senate gave initial approval to lifting the sales tax on propane sales Tuesday.
Prices on propane have skyrocketed amid the shortage. Some customers have reported seeing prices double from $2.50 a gallon to $5 a gallon.