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Ohio Citizens react to selection of Speaker Cupp

Aug 03, 2020 11:15 PM

In what they have referred to as an effort to restore trust and confidence, the members of the Ohio House of Representatives have selected Representative Bob Cupp as their new Speaker.

Rep. Cupp voted in favor of House Bill 6 on two separate occasions and received campaign money from FirstEnergy, including an ethically questionable donation from the corporation while serving as a justice on the Supreme Court of Ohio.

This decision has done nothing to instill trust with the public, and Speaker Cupp now has a lot to prove.

His first act as Speaker should be to call for an immediate and clean repeal of HB 6. He must show Ohioans that he is not simply Householder 2.0. Ohioans have lost confidence in their elected officials. It is time for legislators to listen to their constituents and not their big utility donors.

It’s time to fully repeal HB 6.

Rachael Belz, Director, Ohio Citizen Action

 


Map: Where the Householder, FirstEnergy money went

Aug 01, 2020 11:02 PM

Larry Householder is surrounded by press as he is detained by FBI agents.

"Through Householder’s campaign, Growth & Opportunity PAC and Hardworking Ohioans, Inc. (both of which federal investigators say the former speaker controlled) and FirstEnergy PAC, candidates in all but 15 of Ohio’s 99 House districts got help, either in donations or attack ads against their opponents.

Friends of Householder doled out $417,922 to 34 Republican members or candidates.

Growth & Opportunity PAC spent $2.6 million, including $1.4 million that can be traced to political ads and mailers in 25 House districts.

FirstEnergy PAC has donated nearly $500,000 to both parties since 2017, sometimes backing multiple candidates in 83 House districts. Some lawmakers are now donating the FirstEnergy money to charity."

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Energy is a basic need, and many Americans are struggling to afford it in the COVID-19 recession

Jul 31, 2020 10:37 PM

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Some cities and states are working with utilities to help customers struggling to pay their bills.

"The combination of rising energy use and falling incomes is likely to increase low-income households’ energy burdens – the proportion of their incomes they spend on energy. We expect that this trend will move a whole new population of households into energy insecurity. Some may try to cope without important energy uses, such as air conditioning, fans and refrigeration.

Federal and state governments can help. For example, Congress could pass legislation imposing a universal moratorium on utility shutoffs. And state regulators could prevent utilities from charging late and reconnection fees while the pandemic persists and people remain unemployed. Following a moratorium, regulators could also consider debt forgiveness as households recover.

Governments and organizations – public, private and nonprofit – can also offer bill assistance to vulnerable households and financial assistance to small businesses. One way would be to expand the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, or other financial assistance programs, such as unemployment benefits and the Paycheck Protection Program. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, or CARES Act, provided $900 million in supplemental funding for LIHEAP, but this only scratches the surface of what is needed."

-- Sanya Carly & David Konisky, Ohio Capital Journal 

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