Playing catch up: I hate to break it to you
some unfortunate news: your monthly electric bill is about to go up. Faced with mandatory infrastructure upgrades to bring America's "Third World power grid" up to speed, utility companies are passing off the costs of these major undertakings to customers. Explains the Daily Beast: "The pending rate hikes are bad news for poor and elderly Americans on tight budgets, as Congress and the White House begin making cuts to programs that help people cope with their utility bills. One program in particular, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, was slashed during the budget negotiations earlier this year, and is slated for even deeper reductions this fall."