Thirty-five years ago, the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel was born, the product of legislation introduced by a fresh-faced State Representative named Sherrod Brown, to represent customers of public utilities in Ohio and give them a voice against powerful interests.

Today, that agency is threatened by budget cuts and proposed changes to its mission which would limit the ability of the agency to fight for fairness for Ohio consumers.

This isn’t the story of insiders, bureaucratic malaise, or politics at its worst. It is a story of David versus Goliath, and an example of the philosophical differences raging in the Ohio capital today that is pitting taxpayers and consumers against the perceived monolith of corporate interest, tagged with the moniker of “moving at the speed of business.”

Today we are launching a series of stories that take you into the mission of the Ohio Consumers’ Counsel and provide more contextual details for readers – more than the “one-hit wonder” stories you will read in other publications [Example A and Example B].

The series kicks off this afternoon.