Regunberg Says National Grid Rate Hike Would Cause “Real Pain” for Rhode Islanders
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
He also is calling on the Public Utility Commission (PUC) to reject the rate hike and protect Rhode Island families. He is a candidate for Lt. Governor in the Democratic primary.
Regunberg released the following statement:
“National Grid’s proposed rate hike would mean real pain for Rhode Islanders. Too many families are already struggling to get by, and increasing the portion of our bill that National Grid directly profits from - at the same time that National Grid collects billions of dollars in profits and its CEOs take multi-million dollar salaries - is just not right.
That is why I am organizing a petition urging the PUC to reject this proposal and instead implement the recommendations in the recent Power Sector Transformation report that can reduce ratepayer costs.
It is also why the General Assembly should reconsider whether we trust a multinational corporation to give our constituents a fair deal, when they are clearly accountable primarily to their shareholders. For too long, big corporations like National Grid have gotten their way in the State House. Our communities deserve a utility model that is not centered on pursuing higher profits at our expense. And we can make it happen.
Public power utilities provide great results in states like Nebraska, cities like Los Angeles, San Antonio, Seattle, and Austin, and towns right here in Rhode Island like Pascoag. This year in the General Assembly, I will be fighting for public power utility legislation to allow communities to take control of their electric utility and transfer authority from National Grid to local governing boards that are directly accountable to the communities they serve.”
Related Slideshow: GoLocal: Benchmark Poll, October 2017
Next year, in November of 2018, there will be a statewide general election for Governor and many other state offices. How likely is it that you will vote in this election?
Will you definitely be voting, will you probably be voting, are you 50-50...
Definitely be voting: 78%
Probably be voting: 13%
What would you say is the number one problem facing Rhode Island that you would like the Governor to address?
Jobs and economy: 21%
State budget: 9%
Corruption/Public integrity: .8%
Don’t know: .9%
Recently, a proposal has been made to permit the issuance of $81 million in bonds by the State to build a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox. If there was an election today on this issue, would you vote to approve or reject issuing $81 million in financing supported moral obligation bonds to build the stadium?
Net: Approve: 28%
Definitely approve: 15%
Probably approve: 14%
Net: Reject: 67%
Probably reject: 19%
Definitely reject: 48%
Don't know: 4%
The next question is about the total income of YOUR HOUSEHOLD for the PAST 12 MONTHS. Please include your income PLUS the income of all members living in your household (including cohabiting partners and armed forces members living at home).
$50,000 or less: 27%
More $50,000 but less than $75,000: 13%
More $75,000 but less than $100,000: 13%
More $100,000 but less than $150,000: 17%
$150,000 or more: 13%
Don't know/refused: 17%
What particular ethnic group or nationality - such as English, French, Italian, Irish, Latino, Jewish, African American, and so forth - do you consider yourself a part of or feel closest to?
Black or African American: 6%
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