During one of its worst heat waves, the State of Texas is holding onto millions of dollars, set aside to help hundreds of thousands of elderly and poor residents pay their electric bills.

The Dallas Morning news reported this weekend that the state has collected $130 million to help offset the rise in electrical use. Without the assistance, some Texans go without air-conditioning, risking their health.

However, the state has only provided $28 million so far to those who need it because state lawmakers have locked away the money to deal with the budget shortfall.

Source: KCENtv.com