AUSTIN — In a session marked by tight budgets and close-fisted lawmakers, the business of making big bucks still came out on top — leaving penny-pinching consumers almost empty-handed, advocates say.
While insurance customers, electricity rate payers and homeowners got a handful of wins in what one advocate called “some quiet ways,” a decidedly pro-business Legislature largely protected some of the biggest moneymakers in the state from consumer-friendly disclosures, rate caps and reviews, and tax raids.
Some lawmakers and consumer advocates say that even as legislators chattered about recession and unemployment, they still listened more to big business than they did to the average consumer.
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