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    and investor protections Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform More Than 100 Groups Insist on No Riders in Spending Legislation The day before the White House is expected to release its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal a coalition of more than 100 groups including U S PIRG sent a letter calling on President Barack Obama and all 535 members of Congress to oppose any federal appropriations bill that contains ideological policy riders Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Financial Reform 100 Groups Oppose Provisions That Threaten Public Protections Mike Litt The White House is expected to release its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal tomorrow U S PIRG and various state PIRGs joined a coalition of more than 100 groups that sent the following letter calling on President Barack Obama and all 535 members of Congress to oppose any federal appropriations bill that contains ideological policy riders Keep Reading Blog Post Financial Reform CFPB Criticizes Banks Re Account Opening and Overdrafts Offers Consumer Tips Ed Mierzwinski Today the CFPB is holding a field hearing in Louisville on problems consumers face when opening bank accounts It finds that big banks frequently offer consumers expensive accounts where they risk overdraft fees instead of affordable accounts Further the CFPB finds that the practices of specialty bad check credit bureaus make it harder to open accounts The CFPB issued warnings to both the banks and credit bureaus while providing consumers with new tips and advice Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Over 7 000 Comments Submitted to Department of Labor Every year over 17 billion is lost from retirement savings to fees and charges according to the Council of Economic Advisors Today we submitted over 7 000 PIRG member comments urging the U S Department of Labor to finalize a strong rule requiring retirement advisors to put the interests of their customers first We also submitted a detailed expert comment of our own in the important conflicted advice rulemaking Keep Reading News Release US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Top 10 List How the CFPB Works for Consumers The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB turns 4 on July 21st To celebrate and increase public awareness of the agency U S PIRG Education Fund released a new webpage Meet the CFPB Just Ten of the Ways It Works for You Keep Reading News Release US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection New Report Mortgage Problems Rank 1 at CFPB for Consumer Complaints Mortgage problems were the top source of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB according to a report released today by the U S PIRG Education Fund The report also found that Bank of America was the most complained about company in 45 states and Washington D C for mortgage problems It s the sixth in a series of our reports analyzing nearly 500 000 complaints posted to the CFPB s Public

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  • Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms | NJPIRG
    pollution requirements Keep Reading Blog Post Public Health Food Progress in 2015 and hope for the new year Anya Vanecek This was a big year for the fight to save antibiotics Now we re looking to the future and looking forward to continuing our efforts to stop the overuse of antibiotics in factory farming Keep Reading Blog Post Public Health Food All I want for Christmas is responsibly raised meat Anya Vanecek I don t want a lot for Christmas there is just one thing I need Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRG Commends Supporters of Duckworth Amendment to Protect Our Troops From High Cost Loans Last night on a 32 30 bipartisan vote the House Armed Services Committee supported the Tammy Duckworth IL amendment to strike language from the National Defense Authorization Act that would have delayed Pentagon proposed improvements to the Military Lending Act of 2007 It s a critical victory for servicemembers veterans and their families although the fight to protect our troops from high cost loans will continue Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRG Commends Release of Labor Dept s Proposed Rule To End Conflicted Retirement Advice PIRG today commended the public release of the Department of Labor s proposed rule that would strengthen the ability for Americans to save for retirement by addressing conflicts of interest that arise when brokers and financial advisers give retirement advice Wall Street will fight the rule hard because it requires them to put consumers first Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget NEW REPORT New Jersey Receives B in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending New Jersey received a B when it comes to government spending transparency according to Following the Money 2015 How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data the sixth annual report of its kind by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Law and Policy Center New Jersey s grade improved since last year jumping from a C to this year s B Keep Reading Media Hit Financial Reform Credit Bureaus Deal to Improve Accuracy Huge for Consumers Bloomberg Buying homes getting jobs and borrowing money will be easier after an agreement by the three biggest U S consumer credit reporting services with New York It s a sea change in the way the credit bureaus treat complaints said U S PIRG s Ed Mierzwinski The credit bureaus have been run by computers for years now They re going to have to hire more people and actually verify that what a creditor said is true Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection FCC NET NEUTRALITY ORDER PROTECTS THE OPEN INTERNET Today the FCC took not one but two critical actions to make sure that the Internet works for everybody First it issued a Net Neutrality order guaranteeing a free and open Internet

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  • Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms | NJPIRG
    Report Bill Wenzel Not only did the FDA s voluntary Guidance for Industry 213 not lower the sale and use of antibiotics for food producing animals these sales actually increased 4 Keep Reading Blog Post Financial Reform House Committee Launches Trojan Horse Assault On State Privacy Laws Ed Mierzwinski This afternoon Tuesday 8 December the U S House Financial Services Committee launches a massive attack on state privacy laws Hidden inside a seemingly modest proposal to establish federal data breach notice requirements is a Trojan Horse provision designed to to take state consumer cops off the privacy beat completely and forever That s wrong because the states have always been key first responders and leaders on privacy threats that Congress has ignored from credit report accuracy and identity theft to data breaches and do not call lists Keep Reading Blog Post Public Health The Phantom and Other Menaces Anya Vanecek In the midst of warnings that the post antibiotic era is quickly approaching we see evidence that it has already arrived Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection USPIRG Commends Department of Labor s Rule On Conflicted Retirement Advice Today we joined President Obama Senator Elizabeth Warren CFPB Director Rich Cordray Labor Secretary Tom Perez and others at AARP as the President announced his strong support for a proposed Labor Department rule to close loopholes and to require Wall Street and other financial advisors to put consumers first when they give retirement advice Wall Street has already launched a misleading attack Read more to see our statement supporting the proposal which will put billions of dollars back into retirement accounts Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy Big Money Playing an Outsized Role in New Jersey Elections In New Jersey s congressional primaries bigger wallets give a small set of mega donors an outsized voice according to new information released today by NJPIRG Law and Policy Center and Demos Just 383 donors who gave 1 000 or more to candidates in the primaries outspent the at least 6 871 small donors who gave less than 200 and 66 percent of all candidate contributions came from donors giving chunks of 1 000 or more Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation New Report Shows Mounting Evidence of Millennials Shift Away from Driving The 2000s saw a marked decrease in the average number of miles traveled by young Americans and that trend appears likely to continue even as the economy improves due to the consistency of Millennials surveyed preferences a continued reduction of Millennials driving to work and the continued decreases in per capita driving among all Americans Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Public Health Some Good Some Bad in Obama Executive Order on Protecting Antibiotics Today President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria While the order takes several important steps necessary to control the spread

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  • Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms | NJPIRG
    recent progress consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season Keep Reading Report NJ PIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland 2015 For 30 years NJ PIRG Law Policy Center has conducted an annual survey of toy safety which has led to over 150 recalls and other regulatory actions over the years and has helped educate the public and policymakers on the need for continued action to protect the health and wellbeing of children Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection 30 Years of Trouble in Toyland 30 Years of Safety Improvements Anna Low Beer Every year U S PIRG Education Fund releases Trouble in Toyland a report on toy safety which examines toys bought at major national retailers looking for safety hazards including toxic toys choking hazards labeling violations powerful magnets and excessibely loud toys We continue to find these hazards on store shelves which indicates the need for continued vigilance and adequate enforcement of safety regulations But despite lingering dangers in the last 30 years we ve come a long way in terms of both policy and compliance with standards Keep Reading Pages first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next last News Release NJPIRG Citizen Lobby Budget Tax Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average NJ Taxpayer 1 560 a Year NJ Small Business 4 982 As hardworking Americans file their taxes today it s a good time to be reminded of how ordinary taxpayers pick up the tab for loopholes in our tax laws NJPIRG was joined today by Congressman Frank Pallone Jr NJ 6 Geetha Jayaraman owner of Grab Em Snacks and member of the Main Street Alliance and Rutgers students to release a new study which revealed that the average New Jersey taxpayer in 2013 would have to shoulder an extra 1 560 in taxes to make up for the revenue lost due to the use of offshore tax havens by corporations and wealthy individuals New Jerseyans extra tax burden is the eighth highest in the nation Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Transportation Report Spirit Is Most Complained About Airline Spirit Airlines passengers are most likely to complain about their experience according to a report released today by the NJPIRG Law Policy Center Among major airlines Spirit generates the most complaints for its size and generates an increasing number of complaints each year Other most complained about firms include Frontier Airlines who recently made Trenton NJ their East Coast hub and United Airlines who recently expanded service to Atlantic City in addition to their major hub of Newark NJ Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget New Report New Jersey Receives a C in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending New Jersey received a C when it comes to government spending transparency according to Following the Money 2014 How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data the fifth annual report of its kind by the New

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  • Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms | NJPIRG
    data security are all over the news these days We ve got you covered from releasing a new report and consumer tips on the security freeze today to testifying to Congress last week on payment card security and speaking on a panel at the FTC tomorrow on Internet lead generation what s that Oh and we re waiting for answers to our questions to the CFPB about the credit bureau Experian joining the ranks of the breached We ve been busy as we explain in this roundup blog entry Keep Reading Report U S PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Why You Should Get Security Freezes Before Your Information is Stolen Here are tips for preventing ID theft and using a security freeze How To Avoid Identity Theft How To Use a Security Freeze Keep Reading Blog Post Public Health A Sub stantial Achievement Steve Blackledge On October 20 Subway announced its plan to phase out antibiotics from its entire meat supply This victory is just the next step of our mission to save antibiotics Keep Reading Pages first previous 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next last News Release NJPIRG Public Health Community Public Health and Labor Leaders Urge Federal Agencies to Prevent Chemical Disasters at Newark Hearing Today residents community labor and environmental leaders gathered at a federal listening session to push the Obama administration to take bold steps to reduce the danger posed to millions of people by high risk chemical facilities in the New York New Jersey metropolitan area Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Financial Reform Report Mistaken Identity Tops Debt Collection Complaints Debt collectors trying to collect debt from the wrong person were the top source of New Jerseyans complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB according to a report released today by the NJPIRG Law Policy Center The report also found that New Jersey consumers are 8th most likely nationwide to file complaints to the CFPB about debt collection and that debt collection is a top source of complaints Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation University Campuses Like Rutgers Are Transportation Trailblazers as Students Lead Shift From Driving As Millennials lead a national shift away from driving universities like Rutgers are giving students new options for getting around and becoming innovators in transportation policy according to a new report released today The report titled A New Course How Innovative University Programs Are Reducing Driving on Campus and Creating New Models for Transportation Policy was released by NJPIRG Student Chapters today Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax NJ could save nearly 60 million with simple proven method to curb offshore tax dodging new study finds New Jersey taxpayers could save 59 8 million from a simple reform to crack down on offshore tax dodging according to a new report released today by the NJPIRG Law Policy Center The reform which has already been proven effective in Montana and passed in Oregon would

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    and other leading privacy and consumer groups urged the CFPB and FTC to fully investigate the recent breach of an Experian subsidary that exposed 15 million T Mobile customer and applicant records to the threat of new account identity theft The letter asked whether the regulators could require Experian and the other two nationwide credit bureaus TransUnion and Equifax to give victims free security freezes to protect their credit reports Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection As CFPB Advances Consumer Protection Attacks on CFPB Escalate Ed Mierzwinski This week the CFPB took a major step toward establishing a regulation restricting the use of forced arbitration clauses in consumer financial contracts which give companies what the CFPB s director said was a free pass from being held accountable by their customers Meanwhile on Capitol Hill powerful bank interests escalated their campaign to defund and defang the bureau because it works for consumers not them Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection House holds stacked hearing to attack retirement savings rule proposal Ed Mierzwinski The House Financial Services Committee is holding a typically stacked hearing one consumer side witness against four Wall Street backed lobbyists to attack the important retirement savings rule proposed by the Department of Labor The rule simply requires retirement advisors to put the customer s needs not their own compensation first Keep Reading Pages first previous 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next last News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Financial Reform Report Capital One Most Complained About Credit Card Company in NJ New Jersey consumers file more complaints about Capital One than any other credit card company according to a report released today by NJPIRG Law Policy Center The report which looked at data from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau s CFPB public Consumer Complaints Database also found that New Jersey consumers are 5th most likely to file credit card complaints Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform New CFPB rules will protect homebuyers and homeowners On Friday January 10 new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB rules will go into effect that will help protect homeowners and homebuyers from the mortgage abuses that led to the housing crisis In particular consumers will get protections from lenders that make risky loans without checking a borrower s income assets or ability to repay a loan Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation Report Shows Newark NYC Region Driving Less Using Transit and Alternatives More A first of its kind report by the NJPIRG Law Policy Center shows reduced driving miles and rates of car commuting in New Jersey s urbanized areas including the Newark NYC and Philadelphia areas and greater use of public transit and biking Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Consumer Protection Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America s store shelves according to the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group s 28th annual Trouble

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    the PIRGs Meanwhile the House will bring up the Godzilla of all anti health and safety bills the REINS Act Fortunately the President has promised a veto Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Over 7 000 Comments Submitted to Department of Labor Every year over 17 billion is lost from retirement savings to fees and charges according to the Council of Economic Advisors Today we submitted over 7 000 PIRG member comments urging the U S Department of Labor to finalize a strong rule requiring retirement advisors to put the interests of their customers first We also submitted a detailed expert comment of our own in the important conflicted advice rulemaking Keep Reading News Release US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Top 10 List How the CFPB Works for Consumers The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB turns 4 on July 21st To celebrate and increase public awareness of the agency U S PIRG Education Fund released a new webpage Meet the CFPB Just Ten of the Ways It Works for You Keep Reading Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 next last News Release NJPIRG Democracy ON DAY OF ORAL ARGUMENT IN MCCUTCHEON V FEC GROUPS GATHER TO PUSH BACK ON BIG MONEY IN POLITICS DEMAND SOLUTIONS NJPIRG the New Jersey Sierra Club Main Street Alliance and citizen activists from across the state gathered at the State House today to push back on the power of big money in elections as the U S Supreme Court heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v FEC Advocates say the case would further increase the electoral clout of a few large donors Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation New Study Finds Technology Enabling Americans to Drive Less In a first of its kind study NJPIRG Law Policy Center compiled nation wide evidence on transportation apps and vehicle sharing programs such as Zipcar and found that these advanced new tools have made it easier for Americans to drive less Real time apps and on board wi fi for public 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 News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation New Report Shows New Jerseyans Are Driving Less NEWARK New Jerseyans have cut their annual per person driving miles by 2 1 percent since 2005 while the nation s long term driving boom appears to have ended according to a new report from the NJPIRG Law Policy Center New Jersey s driving decline is slower than the national average of 6 9 percent since 2005 Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Citizen Lobby Public Health Advocates Call On EPA for Increased Chemical Safety Security In light of recent toxic chemical spills and accidents NJPIRG called on the EPA to take action to protect the public from the dangers of high risk chemical plants Activists gathered outside the Kuehne chemical facility

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    which common infections and minor injuries which have been treatable for decades can once again kill Doctors are also overwhelmingly concerned In a poll released by NJPIRG and Consumer Reports 93 of doctors polled said they were concerned about the practice of using antibiotics on healthy animals for growth promotion and disease prevention In addition 85 of doctors polled said that in the last year one or more of their patients had a presumed or confirmed case of a drug resistant infection IT S TIME FOR ACTION ON ANTIBIOTIC OVERUSE NJPIRG is organizing the public to push for change We ve collected more than 100 000 petitions from citizens and families built a coalition of more than 20 000 doctors and members of the medical community and enlisted the support of farmers who raise their livestock without antibiotics Large farming operations and the drug industry have resisted change and have so far blocked efforts in Congress and from government agencies But now we re working to convince big restaurants to pressure these farms to change their practices View video credits here BIG FARMS RESTAURANTS NEED TO DO THEIR PART In March 2015 we helped convince McDonald s to stop serving chicken raised on our life saving medicines Shortly after Tyson Foods a major chicken producer and McDonald s supplier followed suit Then in October we convinced Subway with more restaurants than any other chain in the United States to make a commitments to stop serving any meat raised on antibiotics starting with chicken by the end of 2016 These were huge victories to protect public health but now other major chains need to take action That s why we re focusing on KFC the largest chain of fried chicken restaurants in the world KFC recently took a step in the right direction by updating their antibiotics policy but it s not strong enough to fully protect our life saving medicines So we re calling on KFC to go further and if they do it could lead to a majority of the U S chicken industry raising their chickens without medically important antibiotics Unsurprisingly the industry is fighting back trying to confuse consumers with misleading arguments about whether these commitments mean sick animals won t get treatment But we know that s not true and not the problem here The problem is that farms are giving antibiotics to animals in their daily feed as a preventative measure not just to treat sick animals That s why our call is for meat raised without the routine use of antibiotics With thousands of Americans dying and millions more getting sick from antibiotic resistant infections every year it s time for more chains to follow the lead of Subway McDonald s and many others If we don t take decisive action soon we could face a world in which life saving antibiotics no longer work This is why we need your help today Issue updates Report NJPIRG Food Recipe for Disaster The recall of

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