AUSTIN — As Texans battle through brutal summer heat, lawmakers may have pulled one over on the poor and the elderly.

According to a recent investigation by the Dallas Morning News, a state program called Lite-Up Texas collected about $130 million to help low income households with their electric bills. As it turns out, only $28 million will be given to them.

The House Senate Finance Committee approved a decision to redirect the funds in order to help balance the state budget.

Representative Mark Strama (D) Austin said this is not the first time that has happened. “It’s a scam that the legislature has been running on consumers and on low-income people since this program began,” Rep. Strama said.

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