Category: Press Releases

VEHICLES WITH BETTER GAS MILAGE SELL BETTER

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     Contact: Cara Spencer, 314-556-7379 August 16, 2018 VEHICLEs with BETTER GAS MILAGE sell better Americans Prefer Better Fuel Economy for Missouri’s Most Popular Vehicles—SUVs and Pickups St. Louis, M.O. – A new analysis by the Consumer Federation of America shows that SUVs, pickups and crossovers, vehicles whose MPGs (miles per gallon) increased by over 15% between 2011 to 2017, had a 70% increase in sales. On the other hand, thos ...

Gas Rates Go Down and Low Income Residents Get Bill Assistance.

For Immediate Release Contact: Cara Spencer, executive director of Consumers Council of Missouri 314-556-7379   Gas Rates Go Down and Low Income Residents Get Bill Assistance. Jefferson City -- The Missouri Public Service Commission just approved Spire’s new natural gas rates – effective April 19 – and your monthly gas bill will actually decrease, with the savings varying cross the state. Last year, Laclede Gas Company (Spire’s Eastern Missouri territory) requested an inc ...

Corporate Tax Break Reduces Utility Bills in Many States, MO?

JEFFERSON CITY / ST. LOUIS -- January 22, 2018 Consumers Council of Missouri is calling for the state of Missouri to take swift action to evaluate and the pass through to consumers the hundreds of millions of dollars utility companies will enjoy following the passage of the new tax law. Current utility rates are calculated based on a corporate tax of 35%, a rate which was just dropped by a whopping 40%.   Electric companies in Massachusetts, Illinois, Oregon, Arizona  ...

The MO Exchange: Steep Rate Hikes Expected

The MO Exchange: Steep Rate Hikes Expected

Proposed rates for the 2018 Missouri health insurance exchange were released on Friday by the Missouri Department of Insurance. While the Department and our state’s carriers both deserve credit for ensuring that all counties in MO have ACA coverage, this comes at significant cost. Requested increases average between 35 and 42% according to a review by the Department and as reported here. What makes these increases even worse is that they come with compromised transparency to ...

Public Access to Health Insurance Rates Postponed in MO

Public Access to Health Insurance Rates Postponed in MO

The annual review of health insurance rates helps to protect consumers from insurance companies unjustly increasing rates on premiums. Federal regulations specify that 2018 health insurance rates must be made public by August 1 to facilitate this review process but the Missouri Department of Insurance has postponed public access of these filings in our state to September 1, 2017. With all the activity on the national level regarding the future of subsidies and the last-minute ad ...

Regulating Utilities in the Dark

JEFFERSON CITY / April 21, 2017 – For the first time in recalled history, the Public Service Commission (PSC) has reduced their ethical standards. As the regulatory body over monopoly investor-owned utilities in our state, the PCS has been increasing transparency and good governance standards since the 1970’s but with a new rule issued this week, we have taken an enormous step backwards. In order to facilitate transparency and maintain public trust and confidence in the Commissi ...

Legislative War on Utilities

JEFFERSON CITY -- Never have household checkbooks had so much to fear from Jefferson City politicians. Since Missouri elected a new governor and several new legislators this past November, utility lobbyists have been drafting up new schemes to squeeze ever more dollars from unsuspecting utility consumers. Over 100 utility lobbyists have registered with the Missouri Ethics Commission, including many former legislators, as well as former Public Service Commission (PSC) commissioners. ...

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