Saturday, April 12, 2008

DISCUSSION: Hold on Stark Countians. A man who wants to be Stark County commissioner is about to raise your residential and company electric rates!

Republican John P. Hagan (Marlboro Township) is spearheading an effort at the behest of Ohio House Speaker Jon Husted to get into law legislation which will raise every Ohians home and business electric bills. The question is: will Stark Countians hold it against him in November, 2008 when he appears on the Stark County ballot as a Republican candidate for county commissioner?

Governor Ted Strickland says he will veto Hagan's legislation as it now stands because:

(1) it threatens the state's ability to keep and create jobs,

(2) doesn't protect consumers against unwarranted and unjust rate increases, and

(3) gives public utilities, like FirstEnergy, unfettered access to take their business to the open market at the end of this year and other utilities to follow a similar path starting in 2013.

It is interesting that First Energy in November, 2007 hired former U.S. solicitor general Ted Olson (Bush administration) to fight the Strickland administration's effort to continue to regulate electricity prices.

True to his word, Hagan, (House Public Utilities chair) who at a Strickland tour of the Brewster Cheese Factory in January, 2008 where Hagan said he was committed to putting electricity on the free market.

Will Stark County voters hear anything in response from Hagan's November opponent, Dr. Peter Ferguson? Will Stark County Ohio Legislature candidates Snichler (R), DeHoff (D), Slesnick (D), Easterday (R), Okey (D), Ray (I) and Susany (R) speak up on this issue?

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