If you’re a right-leaning reader or a fan of the current presidential administration, you probably won’t make it past the headline of this story. And if you do, it will only be for the purposes of scrolling down to leave an angry comment at the end of the article.
But if by chance you made it this far, please remember last week’s column on how the Trump administration could help consumers. And also, that there are at least two sides to every story — especially this one. Read more “Donald Trump is bad for consumers. Here’s why.”
These are hard times for consumer advocates.
In Ohio, the Consumers’ Counsel, which advocates for residents utility issues, is under fire from lawmakers. Although the office claims to have saved consumers $54 million in the last two years by objecting to and paring down utility rate increases, Ohio’s governor says the consumers’ counsel duplicates the work of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio, which regulates utility rates and services.
The governor wants to cut the consumers’ counsel budget for next year in half, from $8.5 million to $4.1 million.
Read more “Are consumer advocates an endangered species?”