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  • Budget | NJPIRG
    with 150 Billion Lost to Offshore Tax Havens Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Food Tax Apples to Twinkies 2012 At a time when America is facing an obesity epidemic crushing debt and a weak economy billions of taxpayer dollars are subsidizing junk food ingredients In this report we find that in 2011 over 1 28 billion in taxpayer subsidies went to junk food ingredients bringing the total to a staggering 18 2 billion since 1995 To put that figure in perspective 18 2 billion is enough to buy 2 9 billion Twinkies every year 21 for every single American taxpayer In contrast only 637 million has gone to subsidies for apples since 1995 That s enough to buy 77 million apples per year on average just half of one apple per taxpayer Read more about Apples to Twinkies 2012 News Release NJPIRG Budget Food Tax Ag Subsidies Pay for 21 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only Half of an Apple Apiece PARAMUS Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup enough to pay for 21 Twinkies per taxpayer every year according to NJPIRG s new report Apples to Twinkies 2012 Meanwhile limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy one half of an apple per taxpayer Read more about Ag Subsidies Pay for 21 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only Half of an Apple Apiece Farm Bill Still Giving Corporate Handouts to Big Ag Friday June 22 2012 By The U S Senate passed its version of the 2012 Farm Bill and clearly it is still business as usual The Farm Bill continues its bad habit of subsidizing a few commodity crops like corn and soy to the tune of billions of dollars Current subsidies go to the largest agribusinesses with three quarters of the subsidy payments going to fewer than 4 of U S farmers Budget Food Read more about Farm Bill Still Giving Corporate Handouts to Big Ag News Release NJPIRG Budget Food Senate Vote on Farm Bill a Disappointment Taxpayer dollars still going to Big Ag NJPIRG is disappointed in the Senate s approval of the 2012 Farm Bill which will send tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to Big Ag The Senate missed a golden opportunity to tackle the problem of wasteful agricultural subsidies which have cost taxpayers 260 billion since 1995 Instead this bill recommits to taxpayer support for the largest agribusinesses Read more about Senate Vote on Farm Bill a Disappointment Taxpayer dollars still going to Big Ag News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax New Report New Jersey Receives a C in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending NJ receives a C in online access to government spending in this third annual report Read more about New Report New Jersey Receives a C in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax Following the Money 2012 New Jersey scores a C in the 2010 report on online access

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  • Budget | NJPIRG
    Law Enforcement s New Frontier Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Transportation Caution Red Light Cameras Ahead Privatized traffic law enforcement systems are spreading rapidly across the United States As many as 700 local jurisdictions have entered into deals with for profit companies to install camera systems at intersections and along roadways to encourage drivers to obey traffic signals and follow speed limits Read more about Caution Red Light Cameras Ahead 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 Read more about Caution Ahead 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 Read more about New Report Shows That New Jersey Has High Risk for Misuse of Developer Subsidies 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 Read more about NJBIZ High potential for abuse in N J s incentives to developers Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Tax Increment Financing Tax increment financing TIF has been a widely used tool for municipalities seeking private investment TIF allows cities and towns to borrow against an area s future tax revenues in order to invest in immediate projects or encourage present development When used properly TIF can promote enduring growth and stronger communities for blighted neighborhoods but TIF can also end up wasting taxpayer resources or channeling money to politically favored special interests Read more about Tax Increment Financing 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 Read more about newjerseynewsroom com Report Federal agriculture subsidies pay for 19 Twinkies per N J taxpayer 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

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  • Budget | NJPIRG
    government spending checks corruption bolsters public confidence and promotes fiscal responsibility This report is the second annual ranking of states progress toward new standards of comprehensive one stop one click budget accountability and accessibility Read more about Following the Money 2011 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 Read more about New Jersey Earns C in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending Report NJPIRG Budget Analysis of H R 1 House Continuing Budget Resolution It s difficult to imagine how cuts to Pell Grants food safety or clean drinking water come before subsidies to BP or advertising for fast food and underwear And yet that s exactly what the House resolution has done The attached compares a sample of spending cuts in the House budget resolution with recommendations from three reports produced by U S PIRG The reductions detailed in any one of the reports amount to more than the reductions called for in the resolution passed by the House Read more about Analysis of H R 1 House Continuing Budget Resolution News Release NJPIRG Budget Consumer Protection Advocates Call on Congress to Cut Wasteful Subsidies Not Public Priorities Read more about Advocates Call on Congress to Cut Wasteful Subsidies Not Public Priorities Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Transportation

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    made sick from foodborne illnesses linked directly to food recalls the cost of these illnesses to our state s economy was over 5 1 million Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Democracy New Jersey Goes on Record Against Citizens United Ruling Against Big Secret Money in Our Elections New Jersey PIRG believes that in our democracy the size of one s wallet should not determine the volume of one s voice By adopting a resolution in opposition to Citizens United the New Jersey Assembly has sent a powerful message to Congress that things have to change Today our state took an important step towards fixing America s broken campaign finance system New Jersey joins eight other states already on record against Citizens United and big secret money in our elections Keep Reading Media Hit Tax Trenton Times Cut Pork From Federal Farm Bill The Farm Bill sets our nation s agricultural and food policy including a raft of food related programs such as food assistance and rural development programs But it also authorizes a set of misguided agricultural subsidy programs that lavish billions of taxpayer dollars on large profitable agribusinesses Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Budget Food Tax Ag Subsidies Pay for 21 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only Half of an Apple Apiece PARAMUS Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup enough to pay for 21 Twinkies per taxpayer every year according to NJPIRG s new report Apples to Twinkies 2012 Meanwhile limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy one half of an apple per taxpayer Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Higher Ed Congress Votes for Lower Student Loan Rates Congress listened to students and their families and delivered a bill that stops student loan interest rates from doubling Students already face unprecedented student loan debt and adding an additional 1 000 more would not only crunch individual borrowers but would have further weighed down the recovering economy We applaud Congress for coming together to pass this much needed legislation Keep Reading Pages first previous 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 next last Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Democracy Following the Money 2011 The ability to see how government uses the public purse is fundamental to democracy Transparency in government spending checks corruption bolsters public confidence and promotes fiscal responsibility This report is the second annual ranking of states progress toward new standards of comprehensive one stop one click budget accountability and accessibility Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Budget Analysis of H R 1 House Continuing Budget Resolution It s difficult to imagine how cuts to Pell Grants food safety or clean drinking water come before subsidies to BP or advertising for fast food and underwear And yet that s exactly what the House resolution has done The attached compares a sample of spending cuts in the House budget resolution with recommendations from three reports produced by U S PIRG The reductions detailed in any one of

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  • NJPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    Shelves Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America s store shelves according to New Jersey Public Interest Research Group s 27th annual Trouble in Toyland report Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection New Survey Shows Free Checking Widely Available At Small Banks A survey of hundreds of banks and credit unions in 24 states and the District of Columbia found that free checking remains available at more than 6 of 10 small banks and credit unions but was only found at one quarter of surveyed big banks The survey released today by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group also revealed that fewer than half of branches surveyed obeyed their legal duty to fully disclose fees to prospective customers on the first request while 12 provided no fee information at all Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy New Analysis Tiny Number of Wealthy Contributors Match Millions of Small Donors Will Continue to Set Agenda In Washington A new analysis of data through Election Day from the Federal Election Commission FEC and other sources by New Jersey PIRG Education Fund and Demos shows how big outside spenders drowned out small contributions in the 2012 election cycle Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy Distorted Democracy TRENTON A new analysis of pre election data from the Federal Election Commission FEC and other sources by New Jersey PIRG and Demos shows that outside spending in the first presidential election since Citizens United is living up to its hype new waves of outside spending have been fueled by dark money and unlimited fundraising from a small number of wealthy donors Outside spending organizations reported 1 11 billion in spending to the FEC through the final reporting deadline in the 2012 cycle That s already a 200 increase over total 2008 outside spending In New Jersey s Congressional races alone more than 3 million in outside spending have been reported Keep Reading Pages first previous 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 next last Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Financial Reform 10 Reasons We Need The CFPB Now This report outlines predatory financial practices that hurt consumers and helped collapse the economy costing us eight million jobs millions of foreclosed homes and trillions of dollars in lost home and retirement values It explains these and other emerging problems as 10 Reasons We Need The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Now Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Safe Energy Unacceptable Risk American nuclear power plants are not immune to the types of natural disasters mechanical failures human errors and losses of critical electric power supplies that have characterized major nuclear accidents such as the one at Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan Indeed at several points over the last 20 years American nuclear power plants have experienced close calls that could have led to damage to the reactor core and the subsequent release of large amounts of radiation Keep Reading

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  • Consumers Win With Supreme Court Ruling | NJPIRG
    the days of insurers being able to deny anyone coverage for pre existing conditions will be history Now it s time for New Jersey s leaders to move forward on the next steps and we look forward to working with Gov Christie to make sure health reform delivers lower costs and better quality coverage New Jersey can now move full steam ahead with our new health insurance exchange Done right the exchange will be a competitive marketplace where consumers and small businesses leverage their buying power to get a better deal on coverage 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 factory farms Call on KFC to stop selling meat raised on routine antibiotics ADD YOUR VOICE

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  • Senate Vote on Farm Bill a Disappointment: Taxpayer dollars still going to Big Ag | NJPIRG
    which are often processed into junk food ingredients At a time when one in three American children is overweight or obese taxpayers should not spend billions subsidizing additives like high fructose corn syrup The Senate considered amendments that would have set limits on these programs and ensured that they only went to small farmers but rejected these common sense proposals in favor of continued corporate handouts We re glad Senator Lautenberg stood up for the public and voted against this bill We now look to the U S House of Representatives and call on them to pass a Farm Bill that is fiscally prudent and ends subsidies for large profitable agribusinesses NJPIRG the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group is a non profit non partisan public interest advocacy organization For more information visit http www njpirg org 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

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  • Common-Sense Refinancing Options Could Help 402,431 New Jerseyans and Stabilize Housing Market | NJPIRG
    paying above market rates at a time when housing debt is a drag on the economy Senator Robert Menendez has introduced a bill that for homeowners who are current on their mortgages would lift unnecessary barriers to refinancing and allowing consumers to shop around when refinancing their loan This report makes crystal clear why we need to pass my bill to allow responsible homeowners to refinance at today s low rates said Senator Menendez who introduced the Helping Responsible Homeowners Refinance Act with Senator Barbara Boxer Homeowners who work hard and play by the rules should be able to get a better deal Not only would that put thousands of dollars back in the pockets of middle class families it would give a boost to our economy According to the data released today adopting these reforms would help 402 431 families allowing them each to save 4 143 on average Nationwide over 12 million would qualify for total savings of over 39 billion to the country s economy Congress has an opportunity to bring struggling homeowners much needed relief and stem the tide of foreclosures concluded Kim Our representatives should come together on these common sense solutions The data can be downloaded here http njpirg org reports njp remove barriers low interest rates NJPIRG is a statewide non partisan non profit consumer advocacy group For more information go to www njpirg org Recently Senator Menendez launched a webpage on his proposal and asked New Jerseyans for their feedback go to www menendez senate gov refinance 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

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