Poor Texans' Electric Bills to Dive, Then Go Back Up

Poor Texans will soon enjoy a deep discount on their electricity bills, but that discount will plummet and eventually disappear — a result of lawmakers agreeing to ensure that money in the System Benefit Fund is going toward its intended purpose.

The fund was created in 1999 to help low-income families pay their utilities in the wake of the deregulation of Texas’ energy market. But instead, it has generally been used to help prop up the state’s finances, and discounts on electric bills for those in need have varied from nothing to 20 percent. With the fund’s balance ballooning ...

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