AARP fights for consumers on utility rate issue

Posted on 04/3/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Money & Work AARP is challenging utility rate increases and fighting to ensure that utility companies receive only what is fair and reasonable – and not a dime more. Case in point The Missouri Public Service Commission (MoPSC) recently released a confidential report stating that Ameren Missouri over-earned more than $67 million between November 2012 and September 2013. AARP, fighting for our members and all consumers, took action to support the Office of Public Counsel’s motion to declassify over-earnings that were initially not …

Utilicare to be funded this year

Utilicare to be funded this year

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Money & Work AARP, along with other community-based organizations, applaud the efforts of Missouri legislators and Gov. Jay Nixon to fund the Utilicare program this year. This program helps thousands of Missourians with critical funding needed to help pay utility bills. This year, according to the National Climatic Data Center, energy demand was 27 percent higher than average this winter. Utilicare funding was granted on the last day of Missouri’s Cold Weather Rule which provides utility customers the most lenient payment plans and thereby helps avoid disconnection for …

Seeking More Data on Utility Rate Hikes

Posted on 04/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work As a member of the Fair Energy Rate Action Fund, AARP Missouri is pressing for legislation that would require more transparency in utility companies’ earnings reports. AARP wants utilities to publicly disclose returns on equity on a quarterly basis—not just during rate hearings—so consumer advocates can assess whether rate hikes are warranted. “The general public often has a difficult time obtaining this information,” said Craig Eichelman, AARP state director. “There is no way for a citizen to determine if a …

Learn about ONLINE FRAUD! Tune in this Thursday!

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Money & Work Think you’re too smart to fall for an online scam?  A new AARP survey aimed to find out why some people fall for internet fraud while others do not and the results are alarming.  It turns out it’s not just what you do on the online, but your life experiences off-line that can make you an easy target for scammers. The study found 34 million internet users nationwide may be at an increased risk of being victimized online. The survey …

Women’s History Month: Did You Know?

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Money & Work Celebrate Women’s History Month! Play “Did You Know?” with us! Did you know that there were 161 million females in the U.S. as of December 2013? Yes – men are outnumbered – there were only 156.1 million males. Did you know that 31.4 percent of women 25 years of age and older earned a bachelor’s degree or more as of 2013? Did you know that 63.7percent of female citizens age 18 and older reported voting in the 2013 presidential election? …

Filing Your Taxes? Here's Help

Filing Your Taxes? Here’s Help

Posted on 03/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Work   By Tim Poor Shirley Becker dealt with corporate taxes as a payroll supervisor at Saint Louis University Hospital. When she retired, she figured she’d had enough. “You just reach a point where you don’t ever want to fill out a tax form again,” said Becker, of south St. Louis County. Fortunately, volunteers from AARP Foundation Tax-Aide were available to help her and her husband complete their taxes. “I think it’s a wonderful service,” said Becker, 80, who has used …