Category: Other Consumer Issues

St. Louis petitions state politicians to restore net neutrality

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal net neutrality, a set of regulations intended to protect internet users. Now, leaders of eight St. Louis co-working spaces are calling on Missouri congressional lawmakers to join national efforts that could reverse the commission’s decision. Their call came Wednesday as U.S. Sen. Ed. Markey, D-Mass., filed a petition that would force the U.S. Senate to vote on the future of net neutrality. The 2015 regulations bar ...

Missouri House Moves Meaningless Reform on Payday Lending Forward

Today the Missouri House Financial Institutions Committee passed a bill that purports to regulate payday lending in several ways – some of which appear to be beneficial to consumers. However, HB 2657 currently lacks the real regulatory changes the state of Missouri needs to protect its citizens. In fact, passage of this bill leaves Missouri far behind the regulation of all of our surrounding states. First, and foremost the bill modestly reduces interest limits from 75% to 35%. W ...

Missouri Policies Allow Consumers to Be Overcharged for Drugs

Jefferson City -- Believe it or not, generic medicines can be less expensive than co-pays, making them cheaper to buy outright than with insurance - but your pharmacist may be banned from telling you that. The cost difference doesn’t go to the pharmacist, it doesn’t go to the drug manufacturer, it goes to the middleman: the drug benefit manager. That payback is called a clawback. Clawbacks can range from $2 to $30 a prescription, boosting profits while unfairly charging consumer ...

Missouri bills deregulating utility rates make headway. Consumer protections? Not so much

Bills that would deregulate how MO utility companies set rates are making progress through legislative committees in both the Missouri House and Senate. Another series of bills aimed at increasing consumer protections, however, have all mostly stalled. https://www.columbiamissourian.com/news/state_news/missouri-bills-deregulating-utility-rates-make-headway-consumer-protections-not/article_d6de1d28-2c71-11e8-bf32-2f4f0314e123.html ...

Consumers are still waiting….

Your utility company got a break at the first of the year -- why should you have to wait?? “I think it’s incumbent upon utilities to be forthcoming about the amount of money they’re saving from the tax law, so that we can have a public debate about it,” said Coffman. “You’re a regulated monopoly. I don’t understand the justification for keeping that information from the public.” http://www.stltoday.com/business/local/questions-still-abound-about-what-tax-reform-means-for-your ...

Scam Alert #MOLEG

Special interests have massive $$ campaign. Help us get the word out on a major scam in #MOLEG that will raise utility bills for the most vulnerable among us. And many of our state reps are going along for the ride. Don't be fooled by the bogus "rate cap" bill bought and paid for by Ameren. Sign up here to keep track of how your state rep votes on bills that will raise your utility rates: https://moconsumers.org/my-missouri-rep-votes/ ...

Veiwpoints: The Consumer Perspective

Confused about the Ameren-backed bill in #MOLEG? Check out the consumer perspective on Missouri Viewpoints with Mike Ferguson. https://vimeo.com/256598784 ...

Public Service Commission Analysis of SB564

The PSC has issued a detailed analysis of the Ameren-backed bill that is currently being debated in the Missouri House of Representatives. The analysis points out many problems with the bill, particularly with the proposed accounting mechanism which would make Missouri the first and only state in the country to provide this bonus type of profit calculator. Download the detailed report below. Staff Analysis SB 564 perfected final with matrix appendix Version 2 ...

Tax cuts spur KCP&L rate update case.

While KCP&L is proposing a rate increase, CCM is calling for a decrease: calling on state officials to evaluate how the tax cuts might be rolled into utility costs http://www.newspressnow.com/news/business/tax-cuts-spur-kcp-l-rate-update-case/article_bebbab39-1e1e-5c80-b028-a5fe5eedcb17.html ...

Senate Bill 564

The Missouri Senate has been up all night trying to ram through Senate Bill 564 .Some facts about SB 564 as it stands today... SB 564 a bill that would dramatically raise household electric rates by up to 20%. The so-called "rate caps" are phony and will not protect consumers. SB 564 would mandate a retroactive accounting method for bonus electric rate increases (PISA).  This PISA method that has been rejected by the MO PSC, and has not been allowed in any state jurisdict ...

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