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Your Opinion: PSC hearings perpetuate scam

Dear Editor:

When I awoke Sunday morning I thought it was going to be a beautiful day, the sun was shinning, warm temps, but alas, the morning News Tribune wiped that thought out.

The story written by Gerry Tritz confirmed what I had suspected was going to occur.

Again a scam was perpetuated upon the public, the consumers, by the Missouri Public Service Commissioners. I attended the hearing held In the Governor Office Building, and at no time were we advised that the PSC had their hands tied down by the current laws. In fact we were encouraged by those conducting the hearing and folks from the Public Counsel office to testify, as this would weigh heavily with the PSC commissioners.

Why aren’t they advocating the lawmakers to give them the authority to really react to Ameren’s rate increases. Makes one wonder what their agenda is. It certainly gives the impression that it isn’t consumer oriented.

If Ms. Tremaine’s statement that Ameren’s profit of $360 million in 2010 is true, then why the need for a rate increase. As to her comment, “I wonder why they (the PSC) have hearings,” my response to that is, they want you to feel they are genuinely concerned, but in reality it’s a con job. That was my original thought upon leaving the hearing, and still is.

Ameren will get their increase and the consumer will continue to struggle to make ends meet. As a senior citizen, I feel the pinch like others, but with all the increase in costs lately it is difficult to decide who gets paid first. I would hope the voting citizens of Jefferson City, bear in mind what our elected officials are advocating for us, come the next election process.

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