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News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

As 9-1-1 Fees Rise, Senate Bill Aims to Disconnect Consumer Watchdog

On the day a State Senate committee considers a bill to stop Colorado’s consumer watchdog from reviewing the 9-1-1 fees charged to Coloradans each month on their telephone bills, a new report highlights how some Colorado residents fees are four times higher than others. According to the report by CoPIRG, 9-1-1 surcharges on customer telephone bills, which fund a patchwork of local communities’ 9-1-1 services like Call Centers, have grown by 44% since 1998 and residents in Summit County and San Juan County in Colorado pay the highest fees.

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Report | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

9-1-1 Surcharges

Whether you are a farmer on the Eastern Plains with a cell phone, a small business owner in a Western Slope town with a traditional landline, or a retired couple in suburban Denver using an internet-based cable phone service, you pay a fee every month on your telephone bill to ensure that when you dial 9-1-1, your call will be answered.  As fees increase and new 9-1-1 technologies are considered, it is critical that Colorado’s consumer advocate, the Office of Consumer Counsel, is allowed to do its job and ensure consumers are getting the value and service they deserve from our 9-1-1 networ

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News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

Governor Steps up to the Plate for Consumers

Governor John Hickenlooper stepped up to the plate for consumers on Monday by calling for the full reauthorization of Colorado’s Consumer Advocate, the Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC). For 30 years, the OCC has gone to bat for consumers and saved Coloradans $1.7 billion but could be permanently benched if the Legislature does not renew the agency by May 6th.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

Legislature, Governor Must Step up to the Plate for Consumers

 Despite a 30-year track record of going to bat for consumers and saving Coloradans $1.7 billion, Colorado’s Consumer Advocate is in danger of being permanently benched if the Colorado General Assembly and Governor do not step up to the plate and reauthorize it. With just ten days left before the Legislature adjourns, CoPIRG launched a late inning push to get the Legislature and Governor to go to bat for Colorado’s consumer MVP so it can continue to fight for consumers on electric, gas and telecommunication utility issues in the upcoming years.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

Legislature, Governor Must Step up to the Plate for Consumers?

 Despite a 30-year track record of going to bat for consumers and saving Coloradans $1.7 billion, Colorado’s Consumer Advocate is in danger of being permanently benched if the Colorado General Assembly and Governor do not step up to the plate and reauthorize it. With just ten days left before the Legislature adjourns, CoPIRG launched a late inning push to get the Legislature and Governor to go to bat for Colorado’s consumer MVP so it can continue to fight for consumers on electric, gas and telecommunication utility issues in the upcoming years.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Democracy

New Report Details Latest Campaign Finance Numbers on Outside Spending

Unlimited outside spending fueled by a small number of wealthy donors is poised to have an outsized impact on the 2012 elections, according to a new report analyzing the latest campaign filings.   

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News Release | CoPIRG | Tax

New Report Demonstrates Taxpayer Subsidies for Junk Food

Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 21 Twinkies per taxpayer every year, according to CoPIRG’s new report.

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News Release | CoPIRG

Landmark Policy Reduced Energy Use by Equivalent of 100,000 Homes

On the 5 year anniversary of the passage of Colorado’s landmark energy efficiency policy, CoPIRG Foundation joined other energy efficiency advocates to celebrate the result - 800 million KWh in savings for Colorado individuals and businesses, equivalent to 100,000 typical homes.

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News Release | CoPIRG Foundation | Safe Energy

Landmark Policy Reduced Energy Use by Equivalent of 100,000 Homes

On the 5 year anniversary of the passage of Colorado’s landmark energy efficiency policy, CoPIRG Foundation joined other energy efficiency advocates to celebrate the result - 800 million KWh in savings for Colorado individuals and businesses, equivalent to 100,000 typical homes.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Higher Ed

CoPIRG Calls for Congress to Stop Student Loan Rate Hike

Today a Colorado consumer advocacy group, CoPIRG, called on Colorado’s Congressional delegation to put aside politics and prevent interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans from doubling on July 1 for nearly 7.5 million students. Without Congressional action, interest rates will increase from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

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