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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    or even go without needed medicine due to the high cost of brand name drugs Our research indicates that one significant cause is the practice called pay for delay which inflates the drug prices paid by tens of millions of Americans Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Public Health Chemical Tragedies Reminder of Need for Better Chemical Safety Rules Statement of Jen Kim NJPIRG State Director on Senate EPW Hearing on Chemical Safety Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Higher Ed Interest Rates for 144 926 Student Loan Borrowers in New Jersey Set to Double on July 1 Unless Congress acts on July 1 the interest rate for 144 926 student loan borrowers in New Jersey will double from 3 4 percent to 6 8 percent According to an issue brief released today by NJPIRG the rate increase would hike the cost of New Jersey students loans by over 134 million That translates into a 928 increase in debt per student per loan Keep Reading Pages first previous 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 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

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    public health disasters the nation has seen in recent history The tainted injections came from a drug manufacturer doing business as a compounding pharmacy a classification which allowed them to evade the system of safety rules inspections and oversight that keep our drug supply safe Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Transportation Reduction in Driving Likely to Continue As the average number of miles driven by Americans heads into its eighth year of decline a new report from the NJPIRG Law Policy Center finds that the slowdown in driving is likely to continue Baby Boomers are moving out of the phase in their life when they do the most commuting while driving averse Millennials move into that phase These demographic changes will likely keep driving down for decades according to the report A New Direction Our Changing Relationship with Driving and the Implications for America s Future Keep Reading Pages first previous 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 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

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    today by Senator Robert Menendez Congressman Frank Pallone NJ 6 Mayor Ed Johnson of Asbury Park and Jerome Beckman owner of Beckman s Newsstands to release a new NJPIRG study on offshore tax dodging The report revealed that the average New Jersey taxpayer in 2012 would have to shoulder an extra 1 260 in taxes to make up for the revenue lost due to the use of offshore tax havens by corporations and wealthy individuals Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Democracy Essex County Takes Stand Against Unlimited Special Interest Spending in Elections On Wednesday 3 27 the Essex County Board of Chosen Freeholders adopted a resolution calling on Congress to stop the unprecedented flow of special interest money into elections The Freeholders urged Congress to overturn the U S Supreme Court s Citizens United ruling which allowed unlimited corporate spending in elections Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Health Care The Supreme Court and the High Cost of Prescription Drugs Everyone knows prescription drugs cost more than they should But many people are surprised to learn about one of the key ways drug companies keep prices high Paying off competitors to keep generics off the market On Monday the Supreme Court heard arguments in a case about this very practice Keep Reading Pages first previous 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 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

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    Center Budget Tax Offshore Tax Dodging Saps 2 8 Billion from New Jersey s Budget NJPIRG New Jersey Citizen Action and the New Jersey Main Street Alliance came together at a Jersey City small business on 2 6 2013 to discuss a new NJPIRG study revealing that New Jersey lost 2 8 billion in state revenue due to offshore tax dodging in 2012 Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax The Hidden Cost of Offshore Tax Havens Federal taxpayers are not the only victims of offshore tax havens Tax havens deprive state governments of billions of dollars in badly needed revenues as well Based how much income is federally reported in each state and on state tax rates it is possible to calculate how much each of the state governments lose as a result of offshore tax dodging Keep Reading Pages first previous 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 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

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  • The Princeton Packet: Health Care Repeal Would Be Costly For New Jersey | NJPIRG
    will punish the 25 year old company In general construction where employees are exposed to environmental and weather hazards on a daily basis it is critical to be able to provide health care for employees to maintain their viability Running a small business is tough enough in this economy without worrying about keeping your employees healthy If health care reform is repealed many small businesses will be forced to choose between their employees health and their bottom line In order to keep their businesses viable and keep project biddings as tight as possible owners may be forced to sacrifice the insurance that helps keep employees and their families healthy With a staff of 12 the Princeton Design Guild already spends 52 000 a year providing health insurance With small businesses across the state facing similar high costs repeal would remove two big incentives to provide health care to employees tax credits to offset escalating costs and a statewide exchange to provide bargaining power The process of moving towards a better national health care system is just beginning and we can t let Washington s intensely partisan health care debate spill over to New Jersey as the governor and state legislators consider key implementation decisions Our state and federal leaders should look for solutions that hold down costs not increase them We recommend a set of proactive policy changes on which supporters and opponents of last year s health care law should be able to agree These include Using the substantial authority the state has under current law to design a health insurance exchange that is adapted to meet the needs of our state s markets consumers and businesses Taking additional steps to contain health care costs like using information technology to let doctors access the latest treatment research right from

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  • Health Care Repeal Would Have Costly Consequences for New Jersey Consumers and Small Businesses | NJPIRG
    for its employees and that repealing the health care law would make it harder for his business to compete for work The new NJPIRG report draws on data from independent sources including the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office other government agencies business groups and health analysts and finds the following Repealing the new state health insurance exchange would drive premiums on the individual market up to 20 higher for the same coverage by 2016 Rolling back last year s law would drive up employer health costs leading to 10 281 fewer jobs created per year in New Jersey by the end of the decade Outright repeal would pull 9 billion in federal Medicaid dollars out of the state s economy and terminate establishment or expansion of 134 community health centers across New Jersey The House is expected to consider a repeal bill later this month And Washington s intensely partisan debate over health care threatens to spill over to New Jersey as the Governor and state legislators consider key implementation decisions The Cost of Repeal recommends a set of pro active policy changes on which supporters and opponents of last year s health care law should be able to find common ground These include 1 Using the substantial authority the state has under current law to design a health insurance exchange that is adapted to meet the needs of our state s markets consumers and businesses 2 Taking additional steps to contain health care costs like using information technology to ensure that doctors receive the latest research about which treatments are most effective at the patient s bedside 3 Crack down on balance billing a practice whereby hospitals or providers accept payment from a patient s insurance plan then charge additional amounts above and beyond the usual co pays and cost

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  • 'User-Fee' Myth Busted; NJ Is Only State in Nation Where Taxes Subsidize Driving | NJPIRG
    to his or her use of roads funded by gas taxes Drivers pay gasoline taxes for the miles they drive on local streets and roads even though those proceeds are typically used to pay for state and federal highways Federal gasoline taxes were originally intended for debt relief not roads New Jersey needs to make difficult choices about how to fund our states troubled transportation system With precious dollars at stake the first task is to discard common myths about how roads are paid for said Jennifer Kim Advocate at NJPIRG This past fall Governor Christie cancelled the ARC tunnel project at the time the largest public transit investment in the country due to fears of budget overruns Later this spring New Jersey s Transportation Trust Fund TTF which funds road repairs and transit will run out of money This report clearly shows that NJ needs to take a strategic approach to reviving its transportation funding mechanisms which means putting away the credit card and increasing revenue to meet our transit and road and bridge repair and maintenance needs said Zoe Baldwin NJ Advocate for Tri State Transportation Campaign This year Congress will again address funding for the nation s Highway Trust Fund which has been bailed out four times with 35 billion from general funds since 2008 Federal gas taxes have not increased since 1993 and revenues are expected to remain flat as Americans continue to drive less and use more fuel efficient cars Highway advocates wrongly label highway spending as financially conservative by falsely portraying gas taxes as user fees that pay for roads said Kim Funding programs based on myths instead of on what is most needed is wasteful and unproductive NJPIRG is a statewide non profit non partisan public interest advocacy organization For more information visit

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  • newjerseynewsroom.com: U.S. Supreme Court decision on campaign finance blasted by Jerseyans | NJPIRG
    rights Corporations are not your neighbors they cannot get married they cannot die and a corporation is not part of We the People she added It is essential that we fix this misstep by the courts before we see the landscape of elections financing washed away in a raging flashflood of corporate money Lifting the ban on corporate money could further diminish the public voice in a system that already favors monied special interests and will certainly lessen the public trust in our officials NJPIRG is working in concert with the White House and Senate and House Leadership to help move a legislative fix to slam shut the floodgates that today s decision has opened Also Congressman Bill Pascrell D NJ 8 lashed out at the Supreme Court s 5 4 decision saying that the high court s ruling strikes at the heart of reforms aimed at keeping special interests out of elections The decision reversed a 20 year old prohibition on corporations and unions from purchasing political advertisements in the final days of a campaign This decision is a mistake and a dagger in the heart of our attempts to seek cleaner elections said Pascrell who was a cosponsor of and voted for the McCain Feingold Act Elements of that historic law were overturned by today s Supreme Court s ruling today There is nothing more sacrosanct in American democracy than maintaining the integrity of our elections It is a shame that our nation s highest court would present such a challenge to keeping special interests and corporate agendas from drowning out the voice of the people 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

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