Op Ed: Bipartisan Bill Protecting Ticket Buyers Should Be Welcome in Missouri

Columbia Daily Tribune, April 26, 2015

By Carl Bearden and Tracy McCreery 

From very different perspectives, we — a former Republican state representative and current director of United for Missouri, and a Democratic state representative and board member of Consumers Council of Missouri — share a concern over practices in the live event ticketing industry that affect thousands of sports and entertainment fans in Missouri: restricted ticketing.

KCPL Seeks Extreme Increases in Customer Charge, Electric Rates

Customers May Voice Opposition at Upcoming Hearings


KCPL customers face a whopping 177 percent rate increase in their monthly customer charge if the electric utility gets its way before the Missouri Public Service Commission.  In the rate case, which starts with public hearings on Tuesday, April 21, the utility wants to increase the charge to $25 per month from $9 per month.  The company is asking also for a 15.8 percent increase in the usage rate.

Payday Lending Rules Proposed by Consumer Protection Agency

The New York Times, March 26, 2015

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the agency created at President Obama’s urging in the aftermath of the financial crisis, took its most aggressive step yet on behalf of consumers on Thursday, proposing regulations to rein in short-term payday loans that often have interest rates of 400 percent or more.

Data Revealing Higher Insurance Rates in Missouri Too Late to Help, CCM Says

Inside Health Policy, November 20, 2014: The federal government's release of information about how much Missourians will pay in premiums for the Affordable Care Act next year is too little too late, the head of Consumers Council of Missouri says.  The data show that many of the increases in premiums exceed the the national average.  

Coalition Disputes PSC Ameren Ruling

Jefferson City News Tribune, October 6, 2014: The Fair Energy Rate Action Fund, or FERAF, thinks the Missouri Public Service Commission got it wrong last week.