State policymakers should establish a definition of “universal service” for the energy industry that is similar to the one in the Telecommunications Act of 1996.
Policymakers should create assistance programs to ensure that all households with low incomes can afford adequate water and sewer service. These programs should be fully funded.
Policymakers should ensure that universal service funds are calculated fairly and distributed equitably.
Policymakers should fully fund telecommunications assistance programs to ensure that all households can afford essential services.
Qualified voters should not be excluded from voting because of:
Congress should guarantee the residents of the District of Columbia full rights to vote for representation in Congress.
Legislative and regulatory meetings and procedures should promote public participation, be fair, and ensure accountability.
Governments should create and enforce strong ethical standards for government officials. These standards should promote honesty, integrity, and transparency.
Nominees and appointees should be qualified for their chosen roles. They should be committed to the enforcement of the laws they administer or interpret.
Governments should require full and timely disclosures of lobbying activities and expenditures. Restrictions should include provisions such as limits on gifts.