Two-prong rate relief strategy in works
“The vast majority of the money is upfront.”
Since February, lawmakers have pursued a two-pronged strategy for providing rate relief to electric customers hit hard by soaring electricity rates.
One plan calls for a rate freeze and the other seeks credits for customers. State lawmakers, who reconvene at noon Tuesday after a two-week recess, are expected to place both measures at the top of their agenda.
The first prong has centered on efforts to pass a law that would roll back to 2006 levels the electric rates that took effect Jan. 2. The Illinois House last month passed a measure to roll back the higher rates, but it is still awaiting a vote in the Senate. Read more
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#1 Apr 16, 2007
This should not happen! The poor, disadvantaged and the dam lazy get the breaks again! No way is this going to fly! Either freeze em or don't! But if ya do you had better make sure there is a acceptable remedy and this aint it! I am tired of scrimping to pay my somewhat inflated bill and I deserve to get a break from time to time. I will remember this in July when I am hot from having to work in the sun all day and on my drive home I see a welfare baby with his mother and 12 siblings walking out of Shoe Carnival with a bag each packed to the rim with new NIKE SOX and jump into the new 2007 SUV!
#2 Apr 16, 2007
It is really funny that you think that only the welfare recipients would fare from what they are trying to do. I have a good job, I am a inventory control specialist for a multi-million dollar company, but I am also one of the people who was raped by Ameren for having a all electric home. I am not rich, I am not lazy, I am not poor, I am, like you, the working middle class. When my power bill jumped from 118.00 a month to 358.00 a month dont think I wasnt devistated. With the price of gasoline almost 3.00 a gallon and the electric rates the way they are I am living paycheck to paycheck. I now only buy just enough food to get me thru to the next paycheck. I myself dont agree with the welfare system in this state, the people who dont want to work get the help and the ones that fall into hard times are turned away. But if our goverment wants to do something about the prices, dont condemn them, some of the benefit WILL roll down to us.....p.s., no my head is not in the clouds, I am just all for saving a little more of my paycheck for other things other than a power bill.
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