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COLCHESTER, Vt. (AP) – Vermont’s largest utility company is reminding customers that they can apply for grant funds to catch up overdue utility bills related to the pandemic.
A total of $ 55 million in free grants is available to help renters, homeowners, businesses and farms pay overdue utility bills related to the pandemic, Green Mountain Power said in a written statement Tuesday.
“More than 20,000 GMP customers have been delayed with their accounts for at least two months during the pandemic, but only about 2,000 have applied for these new aid programs,” said Steve Costello, a GMP vice president.
The Vermont Department of Public Service is accepting grant applications through October 25th. The non-repayable money can be used for overdue bills for landline phones, electricity, natural gas and water, the utility said.
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After losing two brothers to suicide after struggling with drug use and mental health problems, I have seen a care system driven by profit motives versus caring, compassion, and human decency. It’s not pretty and the results can be fatal.
It is clear that we should always strive to maximize both services and tax money. This will not be achieved simply by paying billions out to insurance companies.
When I was CEO of the Detroit Wayne Integrated Health Network, our team was generated new income in the tens of millions. These resources did not go to shareholders or CEO compensation; The savings have been channeled into providing a $ 2 hourly increase for direct caregivers, the backbone of the community-based care system. It is clear that this decision would not be made if the bottom line is profit.
Compare that to a study of the National Medicaid Health Plans that found Michigan had the second highest administrative cost rate at 21 percent and only stayed 79 percent used for services for vulnerable people.
Most of Michigan’s behavioral care is paid for by the federal Medicaid program, established by President Lyndon Johnson in 1965. Obviously, neither he nor Congress thought of creating millionaires and billionaires on the backs of the elderly, poor, and people with disabilities. But that’s exactly what is happening today.
There is little disagreement that the goal of integrating behavioral medicine with physical health care is both necessary and admirable. There is disagreement about who controls the billions in annual Medicaid dollars that would be used to make the changes.
The people who depend on the care system want and deserve improvements. This law will not address their concerns. It will be rejected by consumers, families and vendors and will be disastrous for them and taxpayers. Other states that have passed similar laws have regretted the move as they see the decline in services as a historic care system has been dismantled in the name of profit.
If the real goal is integrating care, rather than $ 3 billion legally supported cash creation by insurance companies, it needs to start and focus at the consumer level, not the financial level, and there needs to be public transparency, accountability and governance in order to protect Michigan’s most vulnerable citizens. These bills don’t and mustn’t happen. If so, the governor must veto in the interests of those in need.
Everything we do should enable our fellow citizens to live in dignity and self-determination and not the profit of a few.
Michigan has an opportunity to show what can be achieved if we focus on doing what is right for those in need. We will?
For most of the new stadiums funded with public money, taxpayers do not pay the full bill. In Buffalo, that’s what the Bills want the citizens to do.
According to Tom Precious of Buffalo News, Pegula Sports and Entertainment has tabled a $ 1.5 billion proposal for a new Bills stadium and renovation costs for the arena where the Buffalo saber Play hockey. According to the report, the proposal is calls for the cost of the new Bills Stadium to be fully covered by public funds.
According to the report, this is a “non-runner”.
And here’s the kicker from the article that will meet a loud and hostile reaction from all Bills fans in Buffalo who refuse to acknowledge the reality that football is a business: “The team has no open threats, according to sources Definitely leave Buffalo if it doesn’t get the full funding request, but it has made it clear to government negotiators that there are other cities elsewhere that would want and pay well for an NFL franchise.
Here is the fundamental reality when it comes to stadium politics. The owners ask for free money to keep the team where it is. When that money isn’t available, they look to other cities that would be willing to pay the bill – either as leverage or as a real and genuine alternative.
That’s why the Raiders left Oakland. They couldn’t get much (or any) public money to stay where they were. You have a huge amount of it to move to Las Vegas. So they did.
And when a team is going to pay for their own stadium (Bill’s co-owner Kim Pegula previously said they cannot afford that).
That’s why the Rams left St. Louis. Stan Kroenke, who could have gotten sizable public money in St. Louis, decided to write the check for his own apartment because he believes it will pay off and more.
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It’s too early in Buffalo to suspect the Bills might move. However, the Pegulas may have to convince state and local officials that they are ready to move the team in order to get the kind of public money they want.
It is also quite possible that the 100 percent proposal is just a prelude and that the Bills are willing to partially finance the stadium with Pegula funds or PSLs. Regardless, the end result will surely be somewhere between 100 percent and zero; the fact that everything is supposed to be covered by taxpayers’ money suggests that the total death toll is closer to 100 than zero.
We’ll see where it goes from here. The Pegulas supposedly want a quick fix. The current lease expires in 2023. So the clock is ticking and the battle lines come into focus. At a time when Bills fans have reason to look forward to their team, they may soon have to worry about the potential exit.
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I wonder if I’m paranoid or if I have reason to feel needed.
My wife and I have two children and we own a house. We’ve had rocky moments throughout our marriage, but we’re sticking with it. In 2019, I took a sales job thinking this would lead to more pay. I was wrong. It took me a while to get my sales up and running along with my commissions.
I had to start diving into my savings to pay my share of the bills, which is usually just over half of our expenses. Coincidentally, my wife started making a lot more money from her job and made more than I did in 2019. It was around 60/40.
Knowing that I was little and immersed in my savings, she offered to “borrow” money to pay it back. I declined their offer and decided to borrow money from my company in what they called a “draw”. I was shocked and upset that she was treating our marriage like a business transaction.
“She claims she shouldn’t have to pay bills because she’s at home with the kids now during COVID, and I’m doing six-digit numbers.”
Fast forward to 2020: Fate has changed. She received an inheritance of $ 200,000 and $ 40,000 in severance pay after she was released in March. The difficult sales job I’d accepted actually resulted in getting a new job that paid me well over six figures.
When I started my new job and my wife got her money, she used part of her $ 200,000 inheritance on a shopping spree: a $ 50,000 truck and a $ 20,000 trailer. Amazon
Parcels arrive every other day and the rest of the money is put in a savings account.
Here is the thing. She won’t pay any more bills. She says she has no income other than $ 3,200 from unemployment. She claims she shouldn’t have to pay bills because she’s at home with the kids now during the COVID, and I’m doing six-digit numbers.
She also insists on “budgeting” so she can settle every dollar I spend and make sure I put that much extra money in our mortgage after the bills to repay the house faster. It feels like I’m being pushed, but I can’t make her pay bills.
Am i a sucker?
Dear confused one,
I was more confused than confused when I read your letter. Why would your wife offer to give you a “loan” instead of contributing more money to get you both through difficult times? Why shouldn’t your wife consider her $ 40,000 severance pay as some form of business income? Why shouldn’t she just help pay bills when she can afford it? Wouldn’t it make her feel good about being able to take part in running your household? You went to great lengths to pay your way.
“If a fool is born every minute, you can assume that every minute someone is married too.”
You could ask her these questions, of course, and you would no doubt end up in a debate that was just right for you. If we accuse others of being sullen, they will no doubt find an example – comparable or not – of our sullen or petty behavior. I’m not naive enough to believe that I or anyone else can win a lifelong game with small points and get away with it. It can take years. You separate until death.
Therefore, while these questions are valid, they are unlikely to lead to a satisfactory conclusion. They would likely open doors to more rooms filled with stubborn outrage piled on financial rash. Are you a sucker There is no productive answer to this question either. If a sucker is born every minute, every minute you can be sure that someone is married too. But what is the use of indulging in self-pity or displeasure and starting another battle of wills?
Some questions you might need to ask are, “What happened that brought us to this unfortunate place where we start a Cold War – bank account versus bank account, income versus inheritance, and spouse versus spouse? Is this the life we planned for ourselves? Because it wasn’t the life I planned for us, and it’s not the kind of life I want to live. What can we do to achieve a place of mutual understanding and respect? “
You also need to ask yourself the toughest and easiest questions of all: What are you willing to accept? Where are the red lines in this marriage that are unacceptable to you, and where are the white lines that you are willing and able to compromise on? Your wife making lavish purchases and refusing to contribute to household expenses is not a measure conducive to a healthy marriage, but she doesn’t come out of nowhere.
You have to find out where all of this is coming from. It can either be fixed or it cannot be fixed. But you need to ask your wife – and yourself – the right questions to find out.
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Nearly half of respondents believe it will take them three years or more to get back to where they were financially a year ago – including about one in ten who don’t think their finances will ever recover, according to Pew Research Center. The day spoke to three people about how the pandemic has affected them and how much help the federal incentive offers.
Shawn Henning, 57, of Pawcatuck, was working up to 60 hours a week in a pizza restaurant in Norwich when the coronavirus pandemic hit the region last March.
As many small mom and pop restaurants were closed or cut short due to loss of business, Henning quickly decided to drastically cut his working hours.
Henning had spent 30 years in prison for wrongly convicted of a crime he did not commit before he was exonerated and released three years ago.
“When the pandemic hit,” he said, “it got me thinking. I was locked in a grave the whole time. People in my circle have died of COVID. I thought, “I’m not going to be out here in a 60-hour week.” I’ve shortened my hours so I can make up for my missing life. “
Henning rents an apartment with a view of the Pawcatuck River. He loves everything water related – kayaking, boating, swimming and being a “beach goer”. He grew up in Groton and frequented Misquamicut and other nearby Rhode Island beaches. Once the pandemic has subsided and it is safe to travel again, he and his girlfriend will consider moving to a place like San Diego with warmth and water.
However, fewer hours worked meant much smaller paychecks to pay for his $ 1,000 monthly rent, as well as groceries, gasoline, and daily expenses. He said his $ 1,400 stimulus check for the American Rescue Plan will help pay bills and “it’s not much”.
Henning said people are complaining that the government is giving people too much money, “but the government caused this crisis.” He said that if the government had ordered shutdowns ahead of time and masked mandates, the crisis would have been mitigated. He is concerned that people continue to deny the virus is real and refuse to wear masks.
When Henning was released from prison, initially in an intermediate house in Groton, the homeowner invited him to volunteer at the Gemma E. Moran United Way / Labor Food Center in New London. He volunteers at the center almost every day and loves how many people help their neighbors during the pandemic, especially when pop-up mobile pantries are planned.
He also sees firsthand how many people need the help. The shop at the restaurant he works at is closed and the owner has had to close a second location.
“It’s hard,” he said. “That’s another reason why I keep doing what I do by volunteering with Gemma Moran,” said Henning. “The people out there hurt and they need places like Gemma Moran. People need help to feed their children. It’s sad that people need this help, but it’s a nice thing that people are volunteering for the mobile pantries. “
Good morning from Augusta. After days of almost spring this past week, temperatures this morning of Maine’s 201st birthday are in the single digits. Here is your soundtrack.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “It basically cut our business in half,” said the Northern Lanes bowling alley manager Dale Nickerson said of the experience of his Presque Isle Business – and many others – had during the first year the coronavirus pandemic in Maine. “A lot of people were upset that they had to wear masks when they walked in, but everyone has to do their part.”
What we see today
Bills preventing foreign companies from spending money on elections and referendums in Maine are another front in the battle for the corridor. A trio of bills pending for a public hearing in Augusta on Monday will go directly to Hydro-Quebec, Central Maine Power’s partner in its controversial powerline project that will run through Maine. The company is owned by the Province of Quebec.
It was a major financier of the opposition to referendums aimed at defeating the corridor project and spending $ 6.7 million alone on the first question. However, these are only the direct campaign spend that must be reported to the Maine Ethics Commission by the end of last year. In addition, after a lull in the fall, Hydro-Quebec resumed running ads in favor of the project this year. The postings have so far been six-digit amounts.
It comes as someone else Referendum campaign The attempt to block the corridor is scheduled for the November elections. These recent efforts would require lawmakers to retrospectively pass laws preventing CMP-sized projects from being built in certain areas of the state. It is likely that this push will also go through multiple court battles and high profile editions before going to the voters. There is ongoing litigation over the permits required for the project. This is under construction.
Each bill has a similar language that excludes foreigners from participating in elections to varying degrees. One is for government agencies only, while another is for all foreigners. Rep. Kyle BaileyD-Gorham is taking another step by specifically preventing media companies from broadcasting the advertisements they want to prevent. Social media platforms would need to remove these ads when they appear on platforms.
This problem has been untested in Maine legislation, where CMP relied on the government. Janet Mills and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers to kill anti-corridor bills in 2019. But lawmakers had to adjourn in 2020 due to the coronavirus and kiboshing a bill against this foreign money.
You can follow joint Testimony of all three bills to the Legislature’s Veterans and Legal Committee at 10 a.m. today.
The Maine Politics Top 3
– “Maine weathered the virus better than virtually anywhere in America, ” Jessica Piper and Caitlin Andrews, Bangor Daily News: “The state’s rural geography – it was one of the last states to report an initial case – and the low population density helped limit transmission early on, experts said. A relatively high rate of mask-wearing, as well as travel restrictions and testing, have likely kept cases low. But even those measures weren’t enough to prevent the virus from entering long-term care facilities or warding off the widespread spread of winter in Maine still to fully recover with flat cases. “
All Mainers are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine in Maine after a state vaccination schedule update. Gov. Janet Mills said Friday that the authorization will be extends to all Mainers under 50 years of age on May 1st and not just in their forties according to an order from the President Joe Biden that all states will question all people for the vaccine by May. Currently, Mainers are eligible for the vaccine while aged 60 and over more than 500,000 total cans were administered.
– “A Guide to the $ 6 Billion Coming to Maine in the massive business cycle, ” Lori Valigra, BDN: “Some of the more immediate benefits for Mainers are the extension of the $ 300 weekly unemployment benefit, which expires on March 14th. Direct Payments to Americans starting at $ 1,400 and major tax changes in favor of low-income people. Maine will see money for industries hit hard. The winners include restaurants that can apply for direct grants. Maine will also receive large sums of money for broadband expansion and infrastructure. “
– “Top Democratic lawmakers blow up Maine Medical Center for opposing the Nurses Union, ” Christopher Burns, BDN: “Senate President Troy Jackson, Majority Leader of the Senate Eloise Vitelli, House spokesman Ryan Fecteau and house majority leader Michelle Dunphy wrote in a Friday letter that they are concerned that Maine Medical Center is “mistreating nurses” in support of union efforts. “
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DELAWARE – If you are a Delaware resident and want to save money on your utility bill, Energize Delaware is asking you to complete a free valuation.
This new virtual home rating is designed to provide residents with a quick and easy way to save money on their energy bills.
Due to the pandemic, Energize Delaware was unable to provide personal assessments so a virtual route was found. Customers are seeing higher energy bills in the past year and according to Energize, they were looking for ways to save money.
This new online program asks you about your home features, the devices you use, tips on how to save energy, and much more. This assessment is just one of many programs that Energize is using to help people in the state find ways to reduce energy use and save money.
Suzanne Sebastian, Program Director at Energize, says, “We all spend a lot more time at home these days and I think a lot of us are noticing that our rooms are a little uncomfortable, maybe some of our bills go up and we might be able to take some action to take that could help. Tony DePrima, Executive Director at Energize, says, “We hope that not only will they find great ways to save money in their homes and conserve energy, but that they will lead to other programs that we offer.”
Energize directors advise 47 ABC that this assessment is a first step that will eventually lead to the development of a market where residents can purchase energy efficiency products at a subsidized price.
People are struggling to pay their electricity bills. With many families losing all or part of their income during the pandemic, there is simply not enough money after paying the rent or mortgage and groceries.
While there are moratoriums on shutdowns in Virginia and DC, Maryland does not. Some utility companies have free cash to go after you, but you have to ask for help.
For example, DC Water is offering up to $ 2,000 emergency assistance to repay your overdue balance.
Fairfax Water has a COVID-19 relief program for municipal utilities. Funds will be given based on availability and we will be told that there is currently still money available.
Dominion’s EnergyShare program allows customers with financial difficulties to apply for help regardless of income.
And Pepco is partnering with the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program to offer grants to customers.
“We try every possible way to get our customers to act and that is the most important thing,” said Ben Armstrong, Pepco spokesman. “Our customers need to take action, they need to get in touch so we can get them the support that will help them get back on track.”
Utilities in Maryland may begin discontinuing services for customers due to underpaid conditions. Here’s what to do if you’re facing a shutdown. Juliana Valencia from News4 reports.
If your utility company doesn’t have free money, they can refer you to local programs that do so. All providers work with you on a payment plan. Some of them let you pay for anything you can afford.
Use the links below to see what financial help your provider has available.
On Friday, Southern California Gas Co. offered energy saving tips and tools that customers can use to save money on their utility bills in cold weather.
According to the utility, it’s possible to use three to seven times more natural gas than in the summer months, as home heaters respond to thermostat settings and water heaters work harder to keep the water hot.
“When the weather changes, so does our natural gas usage. To keep our homes warm, our heating systems run more frequently, which leads to increased natural gas usage. A few simple changes can help reduce energy bills.” said Brian Prusnek, SoCalGas’ director of customer programs and support.
“This is also the time to ensure that all customers who are eligible for billing assistance and free energy saving programs are aware of these resources that can further reduce their natural gas bills,” he said.
The utility recommends the following steps to reduce natural gas consumption and manage energy bills:
- Lower your thermostat by three to five degrees, which can save you up to 10% on heating costs.
- Install proper caulking and waterproofing to save about 10 to 15% on heating and cooling costs.
- Wash your clothes in cold water to save up to 10% on water heating costs.
- Clean or replace your oven filters according to the manufacturer’s recommendations.
- Have air ducts checked for leaks, which can increase heating costs by 10 to 30%.
- Decrease the temperature of your water heater.
- Take a shorter shower to reduce natural gas consumption.
- Repair leaking taps and pipes. Hot water leaks create an increased demand on the water heater, which increases natural gas consumption. One drop of water per second can waste 500 gallons of hot water a year.
SoCalGas also encourages customers struggling to pay their monthly natural gas bills to apply for the CARE (California Alternate Rates for Energy) program. Eligible customers receive a 20% discount on their monthly natural gas bill.
The Energy Conservation Support Program offers Eligible SoCalGas customers free improvements to the tenant or homeowner that can save energy, reduce natural gas consumption, and improve the safety, health and comfort of the tenant or homeowner.
Dozens of cars, including two Iowa State Patrol cars, were stuck in a pile on an icy freeway outside Des Moines, Iowa Thursday.
For more information about the utility’s customer support programs, see socalgas.com/assistance.
As part of its COVID-19 response, SoCalGas has suspended service interruptions for residential and small business customers. That means customers won’t turn off their natural gas service if they can’t pay.
For more information on SoCalGas’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit www.socalgas.com/coronavirus.