Post Tagged with: "Ohio Consumers’ Counsel"

Advocate for the customer
Energy

Advocate for the customer

The office of the consumers’ counsel delivers a bargain for Ohio AKRON — “Looking for an example of John Kasich going too far in his budget-cutting? Consider the plight of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the governor calling for a 50 percent reduction in the office, from the current $8.5 million […]

Muzzling a watchdog
Energy

Muzzling a watchdog

TOLEDO — “Gov. John Kasich’s proposal to gut the operating budget of Ohio’s consumer advocate for utility issues seems aimed less at achieving necessary economies than rewarding interests that supported his campaign. It shouldn’t happen. The proposal in the governor’s budget to cut funding for the Office of the Ohio […]

Office of Consumers’ Counsel cut is a glaring error in Kasich’s budget
Energy

Office of Consumers’ Counsel cut is a glaring error in Kasich’s budget

COLUMBUS — “Kasich’s slash-and burn attack on the budget of the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel — charged with protecting the interests of electric, gas, water and phone customers — is aimed at an agency that has zero impact on the budget yet a big impact on customers’ utility […]

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel budget cut might not save money
Energy

Ohio Consumers’ Counsel budget cut might not save money

COLUMBUS — “It may seem counterintuitive, but a spending cut in Gov. John Kasich’s proposed budget might not save taxpayers money. Kasich has proposed cutting more than half the funding for the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel. His plan would reduce the agency’s budget for the two-year period beginning […]

Catherine Turcer: “Utilities are driving Kasich’s bus”
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Catherine Turcer: “Utilities are driving Kasich’s bus”

COLUMBUS – Catherine Turcer, Director of Ohio Citizen Action’s Money in Politics Project, today called “outrageous” Gov. Kasich’s proposed 50% cut in the Office of Consumers’ Counsel budget. In a statement released today, Turcer said: Two days after being elected Governor last year, John Kasich made headlines with tough talk […]

Proposed cuts to Ohio public utilities consumer watchdog group brings criticism
Energy

Proposed cuts to Ohio public utilities consumer watchdog group brings criticism

COLUMBUS — “The office charged with protecting Ohio’s consumers in utility cases could face substantial cuts in Gov. John Kasich’s new state budget, a move that is drawing criticism nationwide. Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Janine Migden-Ostrander says the attempt to cut her budget by more than half would force significant staff […]

Statement from the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel
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Statement from the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel

In response to 50 percent cut in agency budget for next fiscal biennium COLUMBUS — “March 15, 2011 – In response to today’s announcement for a 50 percent budget cut for the Office of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel, the state advocate for more than 4.5 million residential customer households, Consumers’ Counsel […]

An outline history: Ohio Citizen Action and FirstEnergy
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An outline history: Ohio Citizen Action and FirstEnergy

FirstEnergy was founded as the Cleveland Electric Light Company in 1884. By the early years of the 20th century, it was clear that its monopoly power was a danger to the public. Two approaches were pursued to rein in the company. The first approach followed Cleveland Mayor Tom L. Johnson’s […]