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Walker promises to focus on propane shortage


UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Governor Scott Walker says he'll focus on the propane fuel shortage in his new role as chairman of the Midwestern Governors Association. Fuel prices shot up in January as cold weather increased the demand. Supplies were already smaller, after farmers used more propane than usual to dry their crops last fall. The price hikes left a number of rural Wisconsin residents in the cold due to broken fuel contracts.

The Republican Walker said it exposed a number of problems throughout the Midwest that he wants to start addressing immediately. Walker responded to the Wisconsin shortage by making more fuel aid available to low-income residents, and easing rules to make it easier for drivers to ship propane.

The Midwest governors' group had earlier asked President Obama for federal help. Walker becomes the fourth Wisconsin governor to lead the Midwest association.

Jim Doyle led the nine-member group seven years ago.