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Local activists oppose proposed National Grid electricity, gas rates increase

Local activists oppose proposed National Grid electricity, gas rates increase

Daily Orange (Syracuse University), January 29, 2018

... “People in the community call it National Greed — people talk about National Greed. They have been upset for a long time and this rate hike will not help the company’s reputation,” said Howie Hawkins, a local activist who has voiced support for publicly-owned power utilities.

Hawkins campaigned for mayor this past fall on the Green Party ticket....

“This rate proposal has a low-income provision, but it’s those people that are working above the threshold but not rich … lower income workers, those are the people that are going to get hit the hardest and face the choice between heat and groceries,” Hawkins said.

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