Brock launches online petition to refund ratepayers

BROCK LAUNCHES ONLINE PETITION DRIVE
URGING GOVERNOR SHUMLIN TO REPAY RATEPAYERS $21 MILLION

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 17, 2012

CONTACT:  Randy Brock
(802) 230-4450

 

Montpelier, VT – Vermont gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock (R) launched an online petition.randybrock.com/refund petition drive today urging Governor Shumlin and Gaz Metro to directly repay CVPS ratepayers $21 million owed as part of an agreement made over a decade ago that helped the Vermont utility remain solvent.

“Ratepayers loaned the money in good faith and deserve to be paid back, it is as simple as that,” said Brock.  “I will continue to lead the effort to get cash or credit against electric bills for the $21 million ratepayers are owed.  I encourage all Vermonters to go to our website, sign the petition, and tell Governor Shumlin to make the utility pay the money back.”

Headlined “Tell Governor Shumlin: Repay the $21 Million,” the online petition asks Vermonters to join Randy Brock’s effort in securing a direct cash refund by providing their name and email address.

Randy Brock is a two term State Senator from Franklin County and served as Vermont’s 28th State Auditor.  Prior to public service, Brock was a successful small business owner and spent three decades in the private sector.

Comments

  1. walter moses :

    all cvps-gmp customers should sign this petition and vote accordingly come next november. enough of shumlin, shap smith , and the other lackeys that will do the corporations bidding and to heck with the little guy. speak with your vote in november! 21 billion is a lot of money to pay TWICE, and then tack on 7% for gaz-metro!

  2. walter moses :

    CORRECTION! should be millions, not billions. sorry about that.

  3. Ann Raynolds :

    Such a grandstanding political move is transparent. If I could get millions or even hundreds I’d sign a petition! But we’re talking a big vureaucratis hassle with little perperson return (big users — the “corporate” 1% no doubt) will get the biggest returns percentagewise. And the alternative — the weatherization program Gov. Shumlin is supporting for the repayment is an excellent depository for the “millions” where they wioll really do some good!
    And yes, begore someone points it out, I am a Democrat and a big supporter of Peter Shumlin with whom I have vehemently disagreed on a few issues, but this one’s a no-brainer.

    • Deb TY :

      I agree Ann- this is a political move and it shows. Sad, because some will fall face first into this. He is working on the fact people are desperate and need money. Lower the electric bill and you have my attention. Giving to the weatherization program I also support. When its cold people will be happy this move was made. As for you Randy Brock shame on you for using people like this. Your definitely not a candidate I want supporting me, or my family.

  4. Bob Zeliff :

    As a long time CVPS customer, I have mixed feelings about this rebate. Yes the money would be nice but investment in conservation would likely pay back more in the long term.

    I do find the Republican leadership disingenuous on this. Bill Sayer, a long time Republican leader, Ethan Allen Institute supporter and talk show host/commentator IS chairman of CVPS board. The board who delayed paying this money back to customers over the last several years. Bruce Lisman was a member of the CVPS board during this period too.

    Now that is is election season, the Republican wants CVPS to pay it back. Pure politics in my opinion….and not the good kind.

    I would like to hear about the Golden Parachute, the CVPS executive are getting out of the sale. How does that compare the the $21 customers are supposed to get.

  5. Bob Zeliff :

    ooops last sentence of my previous post $21 million not $21.

  6. Jan Santor :

    Leaving all politics and political affiliations behind, for this purpose; please think in terms of Breach Of Contract”. There was a contract made and now it it is teetering on the cusp of being breached. There is no power or person who can legally break a contract with the citizenry without consequences. If the ratepayer(s); private or corporate decide to donate their repaid funds to the Weatherization Project, then so be it. This money was borrowed from the ratepayers, not the state and should be repaid to those from whom it was borrowed. I challenge the naysayers to tell their banks and credit card companies that they are going to start sending their contracted payments to the Weatherization Project.

    As for this petition, I hope Randy Brock checked out the “Hatch Act”, prior to initiating it. I am admittedly “Hatch-Act rusty”; but…….

  7. Barry Kade :

    I’d be interested to see if Brock is really for the “little guy” not the “1%” crowd. His opposition to single payer health care indicates he is siding with corporate interests. What are his positions on GMO labeling, VY, tax the rich, etc.
    Should be an interesting campaign.

  8. walter carpenter :

    “I do find the Republican leadership disingenuous on this. Bill Sayer, a long time Republican leader, Ethan Allen Institute supporter and talk show host/commentator IS chairman of CVPS board. The board who delayed paying this money back to customers over the last several years. Bruce Lisman was a member of the CVPS board during this period too.”

    Thanks, Bob, for pointing this out. I bet the gop will be hammering this disingenuous stance as hard as they can in the upcoming months to try to seem like they are for the people. Yeah, right.

    “His opposition to single payer health care indicates he is siding with corporate interests.”

    Barry, Sen. Brock has voted no on every health care bill to come up since Vermont got serious about health care reform, from Hsiao to Act 48, and the exchanges this year. Senator Brock also sponsored the amendment at the 11th hour of the session last year, during the debate on H.202, to exclude undocumented workers from the new health care reform.

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