25% jump is just the start!
Just for N. KY, it’s not $8 million, not $32 million, but an astonishing $163 million more!
Tea Party gets separate organization status in hearing
Explosive information has been surfacing over the past week about a huge requested hike in water prices in Northern Kentucky.
Even worse, we now are hearing that Northern Kentucky is just the test case – those huge rate increases are coming to every area of the state, as well. Overall, a civil engineer who works with the Tea Party says statewide, Kentuckians may be forced to cough up around $1 billion more for water in the next half-decade! That’s nearly one-fifth of the entire public school budget in the state.
And, the Tea Party is breaking new ground, and is now an officially recognized interest organization with legal representation and the right to cross examine witnesses at the Public Service Commission’s hearings. It’s an unprecedented development that places a real, public interest group in position to really interact at the hearings.
The huge water rate hike proposals have serious implications for Kentucky’s economy. Aside from inexpensive energy – also under attack from Washington – another major attraction for the Northern part of the state is a good water supply. Now, thanks to EPA regulations that are being severely questioned by some technical experts as excessive and unnecessary (Hear those comments in this You Tube), that other major industrial attractor may get priced out of the market, as well.
The EPA’s attack on Kentucky’s energy and water systems could wind up being a “double-whammy” that not only precludes further development, but actually pushes existing business to move elsewhere.
In other interesting news, it is also reported that the Public Service Commission is reacting in a constructive way to criticism about its current policies for taking public comments from private citizens, a problem I wrote about earlier.
Overall, the Kentucky Enquirer is doing a good job covering the water rate hike story, so I won’t repeat what they have said. The link above plus this one summarizing events at yesterday’s PSC hearing in Frankfort are well worth a read.
And, congratulations to the Tea Party for moving into exciting new territory that expands the ability of common citizens to get involved with government decisions that can have major impacts on all of us. Finally, the common man is finding a voice in Kentucky.