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  • Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms | NJPIRG
    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 All News News Release NJPIRG Public Health Health Care NJPIRG Urges Governor Christie to Invest in Outreach For New Healthcare Options 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 Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Budget Democracy Tax New Study 82 of Top 100 Companies Used Tax Havens in 2012 Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Budget Tax Offshore Shell Games Many large U S based multinational corporations avoid paying U S taxes by using accounting tricks to make profits made in America appear to be generated in offshore tax havens countries with minimal or no taxes By booking profits to subsidiaries registered in tax havens multinational corporations are able to avoid an estimated 90 billion in federal income taxes each year These subsidiaries are often shell companies with few if any employees and which engage in little to no real business activity Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform GOOD NEWS FOR CONSUMERS AND FIRMS

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  • Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms | NJPIRG
    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 All News Reports 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 Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy Big Money Dominates in Congressional Primaries Our analysis of fund raising data from 2014 s congressional primaries examines the way these dynamics are playing out state by state across the country While some states show markedly more inequity than others the picture painted by the data is of a primary money race where large donors carry more weight than ordinary Americans Nationwide just under two thirds of all candidate contributions came from the largest donors those giving over 1 000 And fewer than 5 500 large donors matched the primary contributions coming from at least 440 000 donors nationwide 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 Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation Millennials in Motion Millennials are less car focused than older Americans and previous generations of young people and their transportation behaviors continue to change in ways that reduce driving Now is the time for the nation s transportation policies to acknowledge accommodate and support Millennials demands for a greater array of transportation choices 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 of antibiotic resistant bacteria it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that

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  • Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms | NJPIRG
    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 Blog Post Consumer Protection CFPB Adds Consumer Stories to Public Complaint Database Ed Mierzwinski Today the CFPB took a step to make its excellent public database of consumer complaints even better by adding complaint narratives stories but only with the consumer s consent It s a step we ve long urged It will enrich our research into the marketplace help consumers make choices and help good actor firms avoid bad practices by others Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Following the Money 2015 Keep Reading Blog Post Financial Reform As NY Brings Credit Bureaus To Heel CFPB Arbitration Study Paves Way Toward New Protections Ed Mierzwinski Two big consumer stories so far this week offer hope to consumers victimized by credit bureau errors and more generally by an inability to take credit bureaus credit card companies banks or payday lenders to court when harmed On Monday New York s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman signed a groundbreaking agreement with the Big Three credit bureaus Equifax Trans Union and Experian Then today the CFPB released a report finding that consumer legal rights are infringed by small print forced arbitration clauses in credit card and other contracts The CFPB will hold a webcast public hearing at 11am Eastern time today Tuesday to discuss the report s findings and next steps 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 Pages first previous 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 next last News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Food FDA Protects Public by Releasing Two Long Delayed Food Safety Rules Statement of Jennifer Kim NJPIRG State Director on the FDA s proposed new rules for food safety Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center New Report Shows Impact of Big Money in the 2012 Election At a press conference marking the third anniversary of the Supreme Court s contentious Citizens United ruling NJPIRG today presented Billion Dollar Democracy a new report by the NJPIRG Law Policy Center and Dēmos NJPIRG and the New Jersey for the Overturn of Citizens United NJOCU coalition were joined by Liz Lempert the mayor of Princeton Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Tax Report Exposes How Taxpayers Bear Cost of Corporate Settlements A report released today spotlights a common

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  • Stop The Overuse Of Antibiotics on Factory Farms Updates | NJPIRG
    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 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 Support Us

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  • Stop Highway Boondoggles | NJPIRG
    as did other Americans for Financial Reform coalition members Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection The Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule for Investment Advice U S PIRG federal legislative director Jerry Slominski on The Release of the Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule for Investment Advice Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection What is payday lending Kathryn Lee We are a leading member of Americans for Financial Reform a coalition that was instrumental in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB by Congress in 2010 The CFPB is currently working on a rule to reign in the payday lending industry We along with AFR are working to make sure the rule is a strong one Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Lowering your APR might be easier than you think Kathryn Lee Many Americans are walking around with a balance on their credit card because of high interest rates or annual percentage rate APR charges for unpaid balances It s best to pay off your balance in full but if you don t or can t a higher APR makes your debit grow faster What most people don t realize is this APR can be negotiated to a lower rate Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Media Hit Public Health Food Rutgers NJPIRG Students help kick off campaign Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Letter to Congress 212 Groups Call On You To Oppose HR 4018 and Support a Strong Payday Rule Keep Reading News Release N J PIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection 30th Annual Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America s store shelves according to NJ Public Interest Research Group Law Policy Center s 30th annual Trouble in Toyland report The survey of potentially hazardous toys found that despite recent progress consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Public Health Medical Professionals Call for Action to Save Antibiotics Nearly six hundred medical and health care professionals from across the nation are calling on major restaurant chains to set strong antibiotics policies that protect public health Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRGs Others Ask CFPB FTC To Investigate Experian T Mobile Data Breach In a letter sent today a number of state PIRGs 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 Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation The Innovative

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  • Stop Highway Boondoggles | NJPIRG
    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 Consumer Complaint Database Keep

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  • Stop Highway Boondoggles | NJPIRG
    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 This Internet freedom order

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  • Stop Highway Boondoggles | NJPIRG
    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 of antibiotic resistant bacteria

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