AARP Testifies at House Democratic Policy Hearing Opposing Changes to Default Electricity Service for Consumers

AARP Testifies at House Democratic Policy Hearing Opposing Changes to Default Electricity Service for Consumers

Posted on 01/23/2014 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy BEFORE THE PENNSYLVANIA HOUSE DEMOCRATIC POLICY COMMITTEE   Testimony of SONNY POPOWSKY AARP PENNSYLVANIA EXECUTIVE COUNCIL  Regarding  Pennsylvania Electricity Default Service and Senate Bill 1121   Harrisburg, Pennsylvania January 23, 2014      Chairman Sturla, Chairman Daley and Members of the House Democratic Policy Committee My name is Sonny Popowsky, and I am appearing here today as a volunteer member of the Executive Council of the Pennsylvania AARP.  Prior to my retirement in October 2012, I served as the Consumer Advocate of Pennsylvania …

PA Issue Summary: Senate Bill 1121 Would End Default Electricity Service and Auction Off Consumers to Unregulated Suppliers

PA Issue Summary: Senate Bill 1121 Would End Default Electricity Service and Auction Off Consumers to Unregulated Suppliers

Posted on 12/11/2013 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy Senate Bill 1121 Would End Default Electricity Service and Auction Off Consumers to Unregulated Suppliers           Issue Background Currently, more than 60% of Pennsylvania households receive default service from their electric utilities which purchase generation in the competitive wholesale markets and provide it to retail customers with no additional markup or profit margin. Residents who shop for electricity on the retail market use default electric service plans as the baseline to compare prices. Pennsylvanians have made …

AARP Opposes Telephone Deregulation Bill That Removes PUC Oversight and Threatens Access to Landline Service

AARP Opposes Telephone Deregulation Bill That Removes PUC Oversight and Threatens Access to Landline Service

Posted on 11/21/2013 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy AARP Pennsylvania Opposes Telephone Deregulation Bill That Removes PUC Oversight and Threatens Access to Landline Service Survey Shows 50+ Pennsylvanians Oppose Eliminating PUC Authority to Set Telephone Rates and Service Quality for Landline Service Providers Included in House Bill 1608  AARP Pennsylvania today called on state lawmakers to reject HB 1608 that would deregulate telephone service and remove important consumer protections, threatening the future availability of landline phone service for residents statewide.        The bill is being considered by the …

Bill Would Let Phone Companies Stop Landline Service

Posted on 11/1/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Advocacy The General Assembly is considering legislation (HB 1608) that would allow phone companies to stop offering landline service if at least two other telecommunications companies offer phone services to residential customers in the area. If the measure becomes law, the companies could raise rates for landline users or eliminate basic service to save money. AARP Pennsylvania opposes the measure. “There are many rural areas in Pennsylvania where cellphone service is not reliable,’’ said Ray Landis, AARP state advocacy manager. In …

LEADING EXPERTS JOIN AARP TO ADDRESS GROWING CHALLENGE OF HUNGER AMONG OLDER PHILADELPHIANS

Posted on 10/24/2013 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy National and local experts came together recently to attend a roundtable discussion to address the growing issue of hunger among older adults in Philadelphia.  Hosted by AARP Pennsylvania and the AARP Foundation, experts representing organizations such as Philabundance, Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, Share Food Program and others joined local officials to discuss various ways to break down barriers to connect older adults to food assistance across the city. In Philadelphia over 330,000 people are at risk for hunger, and …

Social Security Generates $70 Billion in Economic Activity, Supports 470,000 Jobs in Pennsylvania, According to AARP Study

Posted on 10/1/2013 by | AARP Pennsylvania | Comments

Advocacy Social Security Generates $70 Billion in Economic Activity, Supports 470,000 Jobs in Pennsylvania AARP Study Quantifies Social Security Benefits’ Critical Contributions to National, State Economies A new study from the AARP Public Policy Institute calculates that each dollar paid to Social Security beneficiaries in Pennsylvania generates nearly two dollars in spending by individuals and businesses, adding about $70 billion in total economic output to the Pennsylvania economy – and about $1.4 trillion to the national economy – in 2012. The …