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News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

Weakened Consumer Advocate Approved By Legislature

Late Wednesday night the Legislature reauthorized a weakened version of Colorado’s Consumer Advocate, allowing the consumer watchdog to continue to advocate for Coloradans but only on gas and electric issues moving forward. Despite its track record of success and clear role in future telecommunication cases coming before the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) from 9-1-1 surcharge increases to the state’s high cost fund, Republicans in the Senate locked down with a party line vote that stopped the Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC) from representing consumers on telecommunication issues.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Consumer Protection

Consumer Watchdog Will Get Disconnected Without Action

Colorado’s consumer watchdog is poised to get disconnected from telephone issues by the Colorado State Senate Friday. Unless an amendment is approved to allow Colorado’s consumer advocate, the Office of Consumer Counsel (OCC), to continue to do its job on telecom issues, Coloradans will be in danger of losing the representative that for 30 years has fought against unjustified prices and anti-consumer practices and won.

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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 | Budget, Tax

Colorado’s Stimulus Spending Website Ranked 4th Best

A report released today shows that Colorado’s websites designed to disseminate information about its share of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), are dramatically better than most other state’s websites. 

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Media Hit | Financial Reform

Rein in Wall Street

Lawmakers joined community and labor leaders yesterday to demand consumer protections against financial abuses on Wall Street.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Democracy

Citizens United Opinion Widens Corporate “Personhood” Rights

Supreme Court decision in Citizen’s United vs. Federal Election Commission will significantly expand the role that the most powerful corporations play in election financing.

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News Release | CoPIRG | Democracy

New Study: Modernizing Our Voter Registration System Could Eliminate Millions in Wasteful Spending

A new CoPIRG Foundation study estimated that over $33,467,910.00 of public money from 100 sample counties around the country was spent on simple registration implementation and error-correction issues in 2008.  Colorado counties surveyed included Denver, Mesa and Park.

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Media Hit | Democracy

Youth vote real force in 2008

Although official youth voting numbers have not been released for Tuesday's caucus, young voters compose a sizable portion of Colorado's electorate. According to 2006 statistics from Colorado's Public Interest Research Group (CoPIRG), there are 303,000 college students and 637,000 eligible voters under 30 in Colorado, forming a youth voting bloc that undoubtedly helped propel Obama to a convincing win over Hillary in Colorado's Super Tuesday caucus.

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