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  • House Floor Vote on Budget Delayed over Special Interest "Riders" From Wall Street, Other Powerful Interests | NJPIRG
    risky bets with taxpayer backed funds and require taxpayers to bail them out if the bets fail repealing a key protection added in the 2010 Wall Street reform law Senator Elizabeth Warren summarized the problem We can t just let them slip in grenades that blow up pieces of financial regulations Boston Globe Excerpt from U S PIRG s statement yesterday We join others Americans for Financial Reform list in condemning this backdoor backroom budgetary effort to repeal the Wall Street reform law s protections for taxpayers and Main Street from the riskiest derivatives swaps that led directly to the 2008 financial collapse a taxpayer bailout for banks and a recession for everyone else Wall Street should not be allowed to return to betting and gambling using insured deposits and other taxpayer subsidies and guarantees Don t some in Congress remember that five years ago Wall Street s unregulated casino economy ended badly when millions lost homes millions lost jobs and millions more lost trillions in retirement savings Other controversial riders attached to the massive package include a U S PIRG opposed provision eviscerating a 2002 ban on soft money donations to the political parties which would allow a couple to give 518 400 to a national party in a two year election cycle Excerpt from our full U S PIRG statement by Mike Russo Large donations already play too big a role in our elections This wrong headed change would move us even further in the wrong direction We urge Congress to reject this bad deal and instead work to pass solutions like the Government by the People Act and the Democracy for All Amendment So if you embrace more big money in our political system and support the big Wall Street banks writing their own rules that force

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  • Recipe for Disaster | NJPIRG
    has languished while waiting for time on the Senate s floor schedule To assess one cost of that delay Consumer Federation of America the Center for Science in the Public Interest and U S Public Interest Research Group studied recalls of foods regulated by the Food and Drug Administration FDA from August 1 2009 to the present That study found that a wide variety of foods were recalled in the 13 month period due to contamination by Salmonella Listeria monocytogenes and other bacteria In several cases the recalls involved products that found their way into other foods expanding into a rolling recall with successive announcements as more contaminated products were identified by FDA The recalls involved tons of foods including many namebrand products from more than 150 companies Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO Foods Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free Communities Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results Take Action Donate

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/reports/njp/recipe-disaster (2016-04-29)
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  • Economic Stimulus or Simply More Misguided Spending? | NJPIRG
    stated intention to use smart spending to reduce America s dependence on oil and emissions of global warming pollution On average the nineteen states would spend more than 75 percent of funds on highways and only 17 percent on public transit or intercity rail In fact seven states would allocate 1 percent or less including four that would allocate nothing at all This would be a step backward from even the grossly inadequate 20 percent share received by transit in federal transportation laws since the 1970s It runs counter to Americans stated preferences declining automobile use and rapidly increasing transit ridership Of the fourteen state lists for which adequate data on types of proposed highway spending were available states on average would divert the majority of highway funds for new and expanded roads rather than addressing their backlog of repair and maintenance projects More than a third of states would use less than a quarter of road funds on backlogged repair or maintenance To prevent a misspending of recovery funds Congress the next Administration and state leaders should apply six principles 1 Any road funds should go first to maintenance and repair of structurally deficient bridges and roads not new highways or lanes 2 The combined total for public transit intercity rail and bicycle and pedestrian projects should be no less than funds for highways 3 Public transportation funds should include support for operations so agencies can accommodate the rising demand 4 Surface Transportation Program highway funds should be distributed as under current law so that a portion of resources flow directly to metropolitan areas that know best about which local projects are needed 5 All states cities and agencies should publicly disclose the stimulus lists they have submitted 6 Direct recipients of stimulus funds should report on how money

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/reports/njf/economic-stimulus-or-simply-more-misguided-spending (2016-04-29)
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  • Airborne Toxic Pollution And Health | NJPIRG
    toxic pollution in New Jersey we have reached three conclusions First industrial facilities continue to release enormous volumes of chemicals that cause cancer and developmental problems For example in 2005 New Jersey industrial facilities released 398 939 pounds of airborne carcinogens and 432 119 pounds of airborne developmental toxins Second the airborne toxins are a problem statewide The seven counties with the highest emissions of airborne carcinogens and airborne developmental toxins included counties from north south and central New Jersey The top three counties for carcinogens were Gloucester Middlesex and Union The top three for developmental toxins were Gloucester Middlesex and Salem Third safer alternatives exist for many of these chemicals For example safer alternatives are commercially available for dichloromethane which accounted for 26 of all airborne carcinogen emissions in New Jersey in 2005 and toluene which accounted for 72 of all airborne developmental toxin emissions Based on these findings NJPIRG makes the following policy recommendations 1 New Jersey should require mandatory toxics use reduction to reduce or even eliminate the health risks posed by toxic pollution 2 New Jersey should invest in toxics use reduction by making grants available for smaller businesses to adopt toxics use reduction approaches and by considering making substantial funding available for toxics use reduction along the lines of Massachusetts s Toxics Use Reduction Institute 3 New Jersey should make its toxics use and release database available on the internet Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO Foods Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free Communities Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation Archives Blog Media Hits News

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    miles of interstate highway and 575 000 highway bridges Keep Reading Media Hit Democracy newjerseynewsroom com U S Supreme Court decision on campaign finance blasted by Jerseyans In a shocking burst of judicial activism the Supreme Court decided that corporations should be treated in the same manner as ordinary citizens and be allowed to spend the massive amounts of money they accumulate on direct attack ads for or against members of Congress Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Democracy Transportation Greasing The Wheels In the wake of the Minnesota I 35 bridge collapse there was enormous public outcry and recognition of the need to repair our crumbling infrastructure Americans expected public officials to respond to the tragedy with a large scale effort to address the nearly 73 000 structurally deficient bridges in this country The findings in this report suggest that did not happen Keep Reading Pages first previous 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 next last Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO Foods Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free Communities Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Make a donation Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation We have the momentum Consumers like you convinced McDonald s and Subway to take action to protect public health This summer we re asking KFC to do the same Will you help win change Donate Now Get Big Money Out Voters In Super PACs and mega donors are drowning out the voices of regular Americans but together we can take our elections back The momentum is already building will your voice be heard What can

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    Media Hit Democracy NJPIRG Op Ed Reform needed to identify political campaign funders With Election Day right around the corner we should know who is funding our political campaigns It s getting harder and harder to tell which corporations are trying to buy our elections and our politicians Keep Reading Blog Post Budget Problems With Privatized Law Enforcement s New Frontier Ed Mierzwinski One in five Americans lives in a jurisdiction that outsources traffic ticketing this way according to a newly released report from the U S Public Interest Research Group titled Caution Red Light Cameras Ahead The Risks of Privatizing Traffic Law Enforcement and How to Protect the Public And a report released by the Justice Department suggests this trend may accelerate under the twin pressures of budget pressure and intense lobbying Keep Reading Pages first previous 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 next last Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO Foods Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free Communities Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Make a donation Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation We have the momentum Consumers like you convinced McDonald s and Subway to take action to protect public health This summer we re asking KFC to do the same Will you help win change Donate Now Get Big Money Out Voters In Super PACs and mega donors are drowning out the voices of regular Americans but together we can take our elections back The momentum is already building will your voice be heard What can I do Stop the Highway Boondoggles Americans are finding alternative ways to get

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    Care Nationwide Study of New Health Exchanges Shows New Jersey How to Lower Costs For Consumers Many states are creating health exchanges to deliver better value for consumers and New Jersey should follow their lead according to Making the Grade a new report by NJPIRG Health exchanges are competitive marketplaces that can empower individuals and small businesses with better more affordable options for coverage Under the federal health reform law each state will have an exchange up and running in 2014 Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget New Report Shows That New Jersey Has High Risk for Misuse of Developer Subsidies A new research report today shows that New Jersey is at high risk for misuse of tax revenue thanks to a problematic system of funding commercial development The report outlines problems with the growing trend among cities to borrow against future growth and divert tax revenues as a way to attract economic development Keep Reading Pages first previous 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 next last Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO Foods Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free Communities Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Make a donation Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation We have the momentum Consumers like you convinced McDonald s and Subway to take action to protect public health This summer we re asking KFC to do the same Will you help win change Donate Now Get Big Money Out Voters In Super PACs and mega donors are drowning out the voices of regular Americans but together we can take our elections back

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    high fructose corn syrup enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per taxpayer every year according to the report Apples to Twinkies made public Thursday by New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Food Health Care Apples to Twinkies The rise in childhood obesity has many causes but one of the most important is the increased prevalence of high fat heavily sweetened junk food And shockingly American taxpayers are spending billions to subsidize junk food ingredients making the problem worse Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Food Health Care Ag Subsidies Pay for 19 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only a Quarter of an Apple Federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per taxpayer every year according to Apples to Twinkies a new report by NJPIRG released today at Lincoln Park Community Farm Meanwhile limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy less than a quarter of an apple per taxpayer Keep Reading Pages first previous 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 next last Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO Foods Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Toxic Free Communities Reining in Wall Street Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Make a donation Resources Reports Get our RSS feed Our Affiliates Our Sister c 3 Are you a student Energy Service Corps Our Federation We have the momentum Consumers like you convinced McDonald s and Subway to take action to protect public health This summer we re asking KFC to do the same Will you help win change Donate Now Get Big Money Out Voters In Super PACs

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