Friday, August 18, 2006

Todd Elliott Koger Offers Fresh, Common Sense Ideas (Candidate Pa. State Assembly)



Do you know a relative, friend or neighbor who recently experienced a utility shut-off? If so, than, Joe Preston must go!

In the months before the law passed, utility and power companies donated $4,650 to Preston's campaign, according to state records. During each of the previous two years, industry donors gave him less than a third of that.

And, after accepting lucrative campaign contributions from the utility and power companies (Allegheny Power, ARIPPA PAC, Columbia Gas, Dominion, Duquense Light, FirstEnergy Corp, PPL Corp, and the like), Joe Preston wrapped a "moral responsibility" cloak around Act 201 (Responsible Utility Customer Protection Act), and rushed from committee legislation that makes it much easier for the seediest financial interest in the country to terminate the gas, electric and water service of poor, low-income customers. That reversed a longstanding state ban on shutting off heat during winter. Note: Throughout the entire process, there was not a single public hearing on the measure.

That is, pursuant to Act 201 utility companies can now demand the balance due, a reconnection fee, and two months payment in advance. In other words, Joe Preston adopted the agenda of big business and they reciprocated with cash. All the sordid details of Mr. Preston's cosying up to the utilities in exchange for legislation that allows termination of service on all weekdays (including Fridays) even during winter months, must come out.

The residents of District 24 want to know exactly whose interests was served by leaving the poor and low-income without heat, electric and water in their homes during months when the mercury dips into the teens or lower, and wind can be howling and brutal?

By the end of December, gas companies had cut service to about 13,750 Pennsylvania homes, which is almost double the average number of homes who lost gas service during each of the previous four years, according to the Pennsylvania Utility Corporation. Another 3,795 homes in the state are relying on "potentially unsafe heating sources" like electric space heaters, kerosene heaters and kitchen stoves, the commission reported.

As per the May 2006 Primary (more people voted against Joe Preston than voted for him), it is plain and clear District 24 believes Joe Preston has become a part of the culture of corruption and cronyism in Harrisburg. The one-two punch of increased rates and the end of the moratorium of winter service terminations is shocking and, in many cases, life threatening.



TODD ELLIOTT KOGER OFFERS FRESH, COMMON SENSE, IDEAS THAT WILL STRENGTHEN THE ECONOMY OF OUR COMMUNITIES, PURSUE PERMANENT SOLUTIONS FOR THE FISCAL PROBLEMS OF SCHOOL DISTRICTS (SCHOOL PROPERTY TAX RELIEF), AND REDUCE THE SIZE OF STATE GOVERNMENT.


Last July's now repealed pay raise for lawmakers, judges and state administrators led to the defeat of a Supreme Court Justice in November and 17 incumbent legislators in the May primary. How the legislature passed the pay raise -- in the middle of the night, skirting a constitutional prohibition on mid-term raises -- angered people as much as the raises themselves. In the 24th District, Joe Preston's has further outraged residents because he has tailored legislation (Act 201)and his votes to the greed and special interest of big business.

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