AARP Nevada and “watchdogs” help avert proposed Southwest Gas surcharge

Posted on 06/18/2014 by | AARP Nevada | Comments

Advocacy In a victory for consumers across the state, AARP Nevada and hundreds of volunteers helped stop a recent proposal to bring a new surcharge to Southwest Gas customers.  The Southwest Gas proposal for Gas Infrastructure Replacement -  an accelerated replacement of aging gas lines - required extra payments from residential customers before the work was completed, or even started – the equivalent of ratepayers giving a loan to the utility company to complete its work. AARP Nevada spoke out against the surcharge, providing testimony at hearings as well as written comments to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC).  Volunteer …

Utility Watchdog Team Fights for Fair Rates

Posted on 06/1/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Anticipating that power utility NV Energy will propose rate changes this summer, AARP Nevada is recruiting volunteers to join its Utility Watchdogs team. Summer cooling costs are particularly burdensome for Nevadans on fixed incomes. When the state Public Utilities Commission considers a rate case, AARP experts comment on the proposal, and the AARP Nevada Utility Watchdog team ensures consumers’ voices are heard. The volunteers recently helped defeat a Southwest Gas proposal to charge customers for infrastructure replacement before the work …

Las Vegas ranked 13th most dangerous in the nation for preventable pedestrian deaths

Posted on 05/20/2014 by | AARP Nevada | Comments

Advocacy Las Vegas is among the most dangerous communities in the nation for pedestrians, ranking 13th most dangerous out of the 51 largest metro areas, a new report released by the National Complete Streets Coalition, a program of Smart Growth America, said. Over the decade from 2003 – 2012, 540 Nevadans were killed while walking, including 413 in the metro Las Vegas area. The report, Dangerous by Design 2014 ranks America’s major metropolitan areas according to a Pedestrian Danger Index that …

Survey: Older Nevadans strongly support bipartisan legislation to fight age discrimination

Posted on 03/20/2014 by | AARP Nevada | Comments

Advocacy Older Nevadans overwhelmingly support bipartisan legislation to combat age discrimination in the workplace, a new AARP survey shows. The poll conducted this month of registered voters 50 and older found a remarkable 85 percent favor passage of the bipartisan “Protecting Older Workers Against Discrimination Act” (POWADA). In contrast, only 8 percent oppose passage, the survey reported.  “This AARP survey confirms what Nevadans know: huge majorities demand fairness for older workers,” said Hilarie Grey, communications director for AARP Nevada. “And that …

Help Get Out the Vote in 2014

Posted on 12/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy Voter turnout is often low in nonpresidential election years, but Nevada will have a lot at stake in 2014 contests for governor and other state and federal offices. The results could affect critical issues such as Medicaid, Social Security and long-term services and supports. Turnout of registered Nevada voters dropped from 80 percent in 2008 to 64 percent in 2010. AARP aims to reverse that pattern in 2014 and is seeking activists to help get out the vote. AARP Nevada …

Use your power to make a difference for Nevada ratepayers! Join the Utility Watchdogs

Posted on 11/14/2013 by | AARP Nevada | Comments

Advocacy Are you wondering what the purchase of NV Energy by Warren Buffet’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company will mean for Nevadans? Do you want to know what the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) is doing that affects your monthly electric, gas and telephone bills?  Here in Nevada, AARP is fighting for consumers every day to challenge rate increase proposals and ensure utility companies receive only what is fair and reasonable – and not a dime more – so you can keep more …