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  • NJPIRG Urges Governor Christie to Invest in Outreach For New Healthcare Options | NJPIRG
    to fight for the establishment of the new health insurance exchanges This new health insurance marketplace will enable individuals and small businesses to access to higher quality more affordable care These two groups previously lacked the negotiating power that large businesses have when shopping for plans But now they will have the power of the exchange on their side when seeking affordable coverage We re already seeing millions in health care savings across the country as a result of the new exchanges Two weeks ago New York reported that rates on their exchange will be at least 50 lower on average than plans currently available In California exchange premiums are 50 lower than projected and reports for Washington Oregon and Vermont all show lower rates thanks to their state based exchanges We are two months away from New Jersey s health insurance exchange going live and thousands of New Jerseyans who stand to benefit won t even know about their new affordable options unless the Governor releases the funds for outreach and education That s why we re here today on behalf of New Jersey s consumers calling on Gov Christie to use this money and help let people know that there are new affordable options on the horizon 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 JOIN US Priority Action We re teaming up with big restaurant chains to stop the overuse of antibiotics on

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  • New Study: 82 of Top 100 Companies Used Tax Havens in 2012 | NJPIRG
    study shows that while most large companies use tax havens the benefits of offshore tax loopholes are especially concentrated among a narrow set of companies including several in New Jersey Johnson Johnson has 49 billion offshore spread among 55 subsidiaries in Ireland Hong Kong Luxembourg The Netherlands Singapore and Switzerland Prudential Financial has 1 7 billion offshore spread among 34 subsidiaries in Barbados Bermuda the British Virgin Islands the Cayman Islands Hong Kong Ireland Jersey Luxembourg and Singapore Merck has 53 400 billion offshore spread among 151 subsidiaries in Bermuda the Cayman Islands Costa Rica Cyprus Hong Kong Ireland Latvia Lebanon Luxembourg Panama The Netherlands Singapore and Switzerland Honeywell International has 11 6 billion offshore spread among 5 subsidiaries in Luxembourg Singapore and Switzerland Key findings of the report include 82 of the top 100 publicly traded U S companies operate subsidiaries in tax haven jurisdictions as of 2012 All told these 82 companies maintain 2 686 tax haven subsidiaries The 15 companies with the most money held offshore collectively operate 1 897 tax haven subsidiaries The 15 companies with the most money offshore hold a combined 776 billion overseas That is 66 percent of the nearly 1 2 trillion that the top 100 companies report holding offshore Only 21 of the top 100 publicly traded companies disclose the amount they would expect to pay in U S taxes if they didn t keep profits offshore All told these 21 companies would collectively owe more than 93 billion in additional federal taxes which close to the entire state budget of California The average tax rate the 21 companies currently pay to other countries on this income is a mere 6 9 percent Other companies highlighted by the study include Bank of America The bank reports having 316 subsidiaries in offshore tax havens more than any other company The bank which was kept afloat by taxpayers during the 2008 financial meltdown now keeps 17 2 billion offshore on which it would otherwise owe 4 5 billion in U S taxes Oracle The tech giant reports having 20 9 billion stored offshore and maintaining five subsidiaries in offshore tax havens The company disclosed that it would owe 7 3 billion in U S taxes on those profits if they were not offshore Oracle currently pays a tax rate of less than one percent to foreign governments on its offshore cash suggesting that most of the money is kept in tax havens Google The company reported operating 25 subsidiaries in tax havens in 2009 but since 2010 only discloses two both in Ireland During that period it increased the amount of cash it had reported offshore from 7 7 billion to 33 3 billion An academic analysis found that as of 2012 the 23 no longer disclosed tax haven subsidiaries were still operating but that Google was choosing not to include them in its annual filings These companies benefit from America s infrastructure educated workforce security and access to the largest consumer market

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  • GOOD NEWS FOR CONSUMERS AND FIRMS THAT WANT TO PLAY FAIR | NJPIRG
    up our economy almost five years ago Big banks that rely on consumer tricks and schemes to make money have wanted to kill the CFPB ever since and for good reason The CFPB has been enforcing critical consumer protection laws and already forced Capital One to return 140 million in unfair credit card fees to consumers This morning the Senate took a 71 29 Senate vote 60 votes needed to end a possible filibuster and this afternoon Director Cordray was confirmed on a 66 34 51 votes needed vote While Senator Robert Menendez a longtime CFPB supporter backed Cordray s confirmation we are disappointed with Senator Chiesa s two votes against him We also want to thank Senator Elizabeth Warren MA the architect of the CFPB along with Majority Leader Harry Reid NV Senate Banking Committee Chairman Tim Johnson SD and other consumer champions who never stopped fighting to protect the bureau and ensure that it had a confirmed director Director Cordray and his staff can finally continue the work they ve been doing so well which has already put millions of dollars back into consumers pockets Now the rules are clear The CFPB can do even more to protect consumers from credit bureaus or payday lenders as well as banks Consumers have a cop on the beat 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 JOIN US Priority Action We re teaming up with big

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  • Ag Subsidies Pay for 20 Twinkies per Taxpayer, But Only Half of an Apple Apiece | NJPIRG
    The payments are highly concentrated with 75 percent of the subsidies going to just 3 8 percent of farmers And they mainly support just a few commodity crops like corn and soybeans Among other uses food manufacturers process corn and soy crops into additives like high fructose corn syrup and vegetable oils that provide a cheap dose of sweetness and fat to a wide variety of junk food products With cases of obesity increasing at alarming rates in our country especially among our children it s long overdue for us to rethink how our tax dollars are spent on agricultural subsidies We should be focusing on providing healthy alternatives and not jeopardizing the wellbeing of our communities by spending billions of dollars subsidizing junk food said Congressman Bill Pascrell D NJ Among the report s key findings Between 1995 and 2012 more than 19 billion in tax dollars subsidized four common food additives corn syrup high fructose corn syrup cornstarch and soy oils better known as hydrogenated vegetable oils At 7 30 per taxpayer per year that would buy each taxpayer 20 Twinkies Outside of commodity crops other agricultural products received very little in federal subsidies Since 1995 taxpayers spent only 689 million subsidizing apples which is the only significant federal subsidy of fresh fruits or vegetables Coming to 26 cents per taxpayer per year that would buy less than half of one Red Delicious apple New Jersey residents share of the expense for junk food subsidies is about 30 121 503 each year on average compared with just 1 080 923 in subsidies for apples That s enough to buy 9 Twinkies but only 0 23 of an apple At a time when childhood obesity rates are sky high it s absurd that we re spending even one cent

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    In Our Backyards The Threat of Chemical Facilities to Millions a report that highlights two New Jersey plants as posing significant threats to public safety Over 12 million people live near a high risk New Jersey chemical plant Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Public Health Transportation Chemical Security Getting On the Right Track The President s Executive Order is a great step forward in modernizing the security of our chemical facilities Keep Reading Pages first previous 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 next last News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Consumer Protection New Report Toxic Chemicals in Consumer Products Increasingly Linked to Public Health Problems TRENTON April 1 2011 Serious health problems including premature birth learning disabilities behavioral disorders asthma and allergies early puberty obesity diabetes reduced fertility and some types of cancer are increasingly linked with exposure to chemicals that can interfere with the process of growth and development according to Growing Up Toxic a new report released today by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Keep Reading Media Hit Safe Energy Press of Atlantic City New Jersey advocacy group seeks moratorium on nation s nuclear power plant relicensing and permits A New Jersey public advocacy group is calling for the Obama administration to impose a moratorium on re licensing aging nuclear power plants and permitting new ones The group also is calling for a comprehensive safety overview of the nation s existing 104 plants Keep Reading Media Hit Health Care Times of Trenton Health care act anniversary brings gift to small business Over the coming months New Jersey small business owners and consumers should be excited about the implementation of health care reform including two cost saving provisions small business tax credits and the statewide health insurance exchange Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Democracy New Jersey Earns C in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending New Jersey got a C when it comes to openness about government spending according to Following the Money 2011 How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data the second annual report of its kind by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group NJPIRG Included with the report is aninteractive online tool that allows users to view what New Jersey is doing best and worst compared to other states transparency practices Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Budget Consumer Protection Advocates Call on Congress to Cut Wasteful Subsidies Not Public Priorities Keep Reading Pages first previous 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 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

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    lenders that make risky loans without checking a borrower s income assets or ability to repay a loan Keep Reading Pages first previous 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 next last Media Hit Transportation The Star Ledger Report Gas tax car charges only cover half the cost of road maintenance Amid a debate over whether New Jersey should increase its low gasoline tax to shore up the nearly broke transportation fund a report released today cautions that gas taxes and other vehicle charges pay only half the cost of building and maintaining the nation s roads Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform Tis the Season For Prepaid Card Hidden Fees As consumers flock to retailers during the holiday season and as the use of prepaid cards continues to expand rapidly NJPIRG joined Senator Robert Menendez D NJ to introduce The Prepaid Card Consumer Protection Act to curb hidden fees associated with many of these cards Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform NJPIRG and NJCA React to CFPB Vote Wall Street won a victory over hard working consumers today By blocking a vote to confirm Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 45 Senators gave in to Wall Street instead of standing up for the public Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection NJPIRG talks Toy Safety on New Jersey Now Video NJPIRG s Gideon Weissman appeared on New Jersey Now to discuss toy safety tips for the holidays Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Consumer Protection Survey Finds Toxic or Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America s store shelves according to NJPIRG s 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report Keep Reading Pages first previous 17 18 19

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    according to the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group s 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report The survey of hazardous toys found that despite recent progress consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland The 2013 Trouble in Toyland report is the 28th annual NJPIRG survey of toy safety In this report NJPIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards Keep Reading Pages first previous 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 next last News Release NJPIRG Budget Supercommittee Squanders Opportunity to Cut Waste After the Congressional Supercommittee announced its failure to agree on at least 1 2 trillion in deficit reduction the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group NJPIRG and the National Taxpayers Union NTU who jointly authored a report on deficit reduction earlier this year issued a response Keep Reading 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 News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Transportation Caution Ahead A new research report released today outlines problems with the growing trend among cities to outsource traffic enforcement to red light and speed camera vendors Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Health 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 Media Hit Budget Tax NJBIZ High potential for abuse in N J s incentives to developers Efforts to promote commercial development has put New Jersey at high risk for misuse of tax revenue and has created a growing trend in which cities borrow against future growth according to a report released today by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Keep Reading Pages first previous 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 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

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    transit as well as carsharing bikesharing and ridesharing have spread rapidly in recent years The report examines new evidence on how these practices are changing travel behavior Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation A New Way To Go America is in the midst of a technological revolution and a big shift in our transportation habits Over the last 15 years the Internet and mobile communications technologies have transformed the way Americans live and work Keep Reading Pages first previous 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 next last Media Hit Budget Tax NJBIZ High potential for abuse in N J s incentives to developers Efforts to promote commercial development has put New Jersey at high risk for misuse of tax revenue and has created a growing trend in which cities borrow against future growth according to a report released today by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Keep Reading Media Hit Budget Food newjerseynewsroom com Report Federal agriculture subsidies pay for 19 Twinkies per N J taxpayer Have you received your 19 free Twinkies and quarter of an apple from the federal government yet Well ok it doesn t exactly work that way but federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like 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 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 News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Safe Energy Nuclear Power Not Worth the Risk A new report released today by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group NJPIRG documents a history of safety problems at nuclear reactors in the United States These incidents like the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan illustrate that nuclear power carries with it risks that are simply not worth taking Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Transportation New Report Misplaced highway spending to blame for crumbling roads and bridges Drivers in New Jersey pay an extra 596 per year on car repairs due to highways and bridges in disrepair Drivers in the New York Newark metropolitan area spend upwards of 638 extra on car repairs in a year Keep Reading Pages first previous 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 next last Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles Democracy For The People Label GMO

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