Households struggle as utility rate relief legislation stalls

ERIKA GONZALEZ sorts bills at her kitchen table in her Pawtucket condo. Her electric bills soared this year. Gov. Daniel J. McKee during his reelection campaign pledged to fast-track a law change in the 2023 legislative session that would give customers more help with winter energy bills. However, the urgency characterizing his election promise has faded.  / NANCY LAVIN / RHODE ISLAND CURRENT
A $54 energy bill rebate might not seem like much. But for Erika Gonzalez, every little bit helps.  Especially this year, with record rate hikes tripling electricity costs for her Pawtucket condo, from $60 to $180, just as her husband got laid off from his warehouse job.  Left with her $17,000 take-home pay as a…

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