25 Feb 2010 08:42 am
Posted by: Donna

In a howler of a LTTE this morning, Rep. Debbie Lesko (R-LD9) beseeched readers to support HR2701.

Join me in a fight to save utility customers millions of dollars from unreasonable mandates placed on them by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

These mandates have forced electric-utility companies to charge a tariff on utility bills over and above the cost of electricity. For example, APS will charge utility customers an extra $153 million this year because of the mandates placed on them by the Corporation Commission.

The item on the APS bill is titled “Environmental Benefit Surcharge.” Although it is a relatively small amount for residential customers, it adds up to thousands of dollars for each business and industry. The Sun City Recreation Centers paid over $52,000 in this extra tariff in 2009.

Businesses and facilities that have to pay this extra charge will be forced to raise their prices just to cover the additional costs.

To fight these outrageous mandates, I have introduced House Bill 2701. I have the support of 51 other legislators, but I expect that I will have a battle on my hands and need your help.

For more information or to join me in my fight, call me at 602-926-5413 or e-mail me at: DLesko@azleg.gov. – Debbie Lesko, Glendale
The writer is a Republican state representative from District 9, which includes Sun City, Youngtown and parts of Glendale and Peoria.

$52,000 in 2009 for The Sun City Recreation Centers? To the internets we go, divas! From The Sun City Recreation Centers website:

With seven recreation centers, eight golf courses and more than 120 chartered clubs, there’s something for everyone in Sun City!

For a total of 15 facilities, that works out to about $288 a month per facility. These aren’t residential homes, mind you. These are huge facilities that use a lot of energy and have thousands of members paying annual dues. If they can’t afford a little under $300 a month to help promote renewable energy in Arizona, they’ve got far bigger problems than being spared that surcharge is going to solve.


  1. Comment by Timmys Cat on February 25, 2010 9:13 am

    Oh my yes, the generous folks of Sun City Watch out for the golf carts!
    “Yeah I know, somebody else paid taxes to help put my kids through school, but yours are not my problem.”


  2. Comment by Mark Manoil on February 25, 2010 10:21 am

    Like many of her colleagues, Rep. Lesko would apparently prefer to ignore the externalized costs (pollution, health endangerment, etc) that traditional forms of power production have been inflicting on us forever.
    The tariff at least moves us in the direction of wiser energy production and consumption, without the costly side-effects.

  3. Comment by erish on February 25, 2010 10:34 pm

    She’s braindead. Unfortunately for the people who live in District 9 they will vote for anything that has a pulse and an R by their name.

  4. Comment by phersh on February 26, 2010 7:43 am

    Ms Lesko is a dangerousl cheerleader for her Party’s attempt to convince the elderly that they should be fighting a quite reasonable attempt by the Corporation Commission to support expansion of Solar Power. Such a move would not only increase job opportunties, but help clear the air in our increasingly polluted State.

  5. Comment by Abort_Conservatives on February 26, 2010 7:01 pm

    I think it is a fine thing, asking the utility companies to pay their fair share.

    Remember, there are only 2 kinds of conservatives, suckers and millionaires.

  6. Comment by Alan Scott on February 27, 2010 9:35 am

    You lefties have never realized that anything which intentionally raises costs, hurts the economy . Stealing money from people who do not want your dead end green crap industries is wrong !!

    ” “Environmental Benefit Surcharge.” typical left wing change the language tax .

    Mark Manoil,

    ” Like many of her colleagues, Rep. Lesko would apparently prefer to ignore the externalized costs (pollution, health endangerment, etc) that traditional forms of power production have been inflicting on us forever. ”

    If you want to drive a horse and buggy and use candles to read by, go ahead. Leave everybody else alone .

  7. Comment by Appleblossom on March 1, 2010 4:15 pm

    Those horses had environmental costs too Alan.

    The difference of course being that a horse leaves something that can be easily recycled and eats something that produces air to breathe.

    Coal plants do not, nuke plants can and do cause massive long term environmental damage unless carefully controlled. They also have by products that take not decades but thousands of years to get rid of.

  8. Comment by Zelph on March 1, 2010 8:55 pm

    Alan, I hope you’ve called Debbie Lesko and asked her why she capitulated to the environmental wackos and withdrew her most excellent bill. Let her know that solar jobs are not “real” jobs.

    You can call her at 602-926-5413 or e-mail her at DLesko@azleg.gov.

    Please ask her to reintroduce HB2701. Let us know what she says (that is, if she’ll even return your call).

    : )

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