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  • Reining in Wall Street Updates | NJPIRG
    assets or ability to repay a loan Read more about New CFPB rules will protect homebuyers and homeowners News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform GOOD NEWS FOR CONSUMERS AND FIRMS THAT WANT TO PLAY FAIR Today s confirmation of Richard Cordray to head the CFPB for a full term is good news for consumers and for firms that want to play fair in the financial marketplace Read more about GOOD NEWS FOR CONSUMERS AND FIRMS THAT WANT TO PLAY FAIR Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Financial Reform Remove Barriers to Low Interest Rates Congress has a rare bipartisan opportunity to put more money in Americans pockets strengthen the housing market and boost the entire economy By making it easier to refinance into today s low interest rates Congress could expand the Home Affordable Refinance Program HARP so it helps up to 13 million Americans nationwide save 35 billion In our state alone more than 402 000 families would qualify saving them about 1 67 billion in lower mortgage payments Read more about Remove Barriers to Low Interest Rates News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Financial Reform Common Sense Refinancing Options Could Help 402 431 New Jerseyans and Stabilize Housing Market Data released today by NJPIRG and the Center for Responsible Lending finds that making it easier for homeowners to refinance their mortgages could give consumers more options save money and stabilize New Jersey s housing market In NJ alone 402 431 families would qualify saving them 1 67 billion Read more about Common Sense Refinancing Options Could Help 402 431 New Jerseyans and Stabilize Housing Market Today CFPB to announce overdraft fee investigation unveil penalty box disclosure possibly end 39 lattes Wednesday February 22 2012 By Ed Mierzwinski Gideon Weissman At a news conference in NYC today Director Richard Cordray of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB will announce a major investigation of bank overdraft fee practices and propose a model penalty box disclosure to appear on bank statements The investigation could end the 39 latte 4 bucks for the coffee 35 for the debit card overdraft fee Financial Reform Read more about Today CFPB to announce overdraft fee investigation unveil penalty box disclosure possibly end 39 lattes News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Financial Reform NJPIRG Applauds CFPB Proposal To Regulate Biggest Credit Bureaus Last summer over 10 000 PIRG members submitted comments to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB urging strict regulation of credit bureaus and credit scoring firms We applaud the CFPB for its proposal today to subject the nation s largest credit bureaus and credit scoring firms to full scrutiny as larger participants CFPB pdf in the financial marketplace Read more about NJPIRG Applauds CFPB Proposal To Regulate Biggest Credit Bureaus News Release NJPIRG Financial Reform President s Recess Appointment Gives Watchdog Teeth It Needs Kudos to President Obama for standing up for consumers this week by making a recess appointment of former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray to head the new Consumer

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  • News Releases | NJPIRG
    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 Read more about Medical Professionals Call for Action to Save Antibiotics 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 Read more about PIRGs Others Ask CFPB FTC To Investigate Experian T Mobile Data Breach 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 Read more about Over 7 000 Comments Submitted to Department of Labor Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last More 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

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  • News Releases | NJPIRG
    CFPB published the first batch 7 700 of consumer narratives or stories to the Public Consumer Complaint Database it began in 2011 We ve used the database to publish five reports so far analyzing complaint trends in markets ranging from credit cards to student loans but we have also long urged the voluntary addition of stories to the data fields Now consumers can learn if what happened to them happened to anyone else Now researchers can track which banks are more responsive to particular problems and which ignore their customers A good resource is now an excellent resource Read more about We Commend CFPB For Adding Consumer Stories To Public Complaint Database 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 Read more about PIRG Commends Supporters of Duckworth Amendment to Protect Our Troops From High Cost Loans 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 Read more about PIRG Commends Release of Labor

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  • News Releases | NJPIRG
    NET NEUTRALITY ORDER PROTECTS THE OPEN INTERNET 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 Read more about USPIRG Commends Department of Labor s Rule On Conflicted Retirement Advice 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 Read more about Big Money Playing an Outsized Role in New Jersey Elections 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 Read

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  • News Releases | NJPIRG
    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 Read more about Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average NJ Taxpayer 1 560 a Year NJ Small Business 4 982 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 Read more about Report Spirit Is Most Complained About Airline 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 Jersey Public Interest Research Group Law Policy Center NJPIRG LPC Read more about New Report New Jersey Receives a C in

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    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 Read more about Report Mistaken Identity Tops Debt Collection Complaints 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 Read more about Community Public Health and Labor Leaders Urge Federal Agencies to Prevent Chemical Disasters at Newark Hearing 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 Read more about University Campuses Like Rutgers Are Transportation Trailblazers as Students Lead Shift From Driving Pages first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next last More Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of

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  • News Releases | NJPIRG
    Step Forward 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 Read more about Report Capital One Most Complained About Credit Card Company in NJ 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 Read more about New CFPB rules will protect homebuyers and homeowners 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 Read more about Report Shows Newark NYC Region Driving Less Using Transit and Alternatives More Pages first previous 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next last More 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

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  • News Releases | NJPIRG
    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 Read more about ON DAY OF ORAL ARGUMENT IN MCCUTCHEON V FEC GROUPS GATHER TO PUSH BACK ON BIG MONEY IN POLITICS DEMAND SOLUTIONS 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 Read more about New Study Finds Technology Enabling Americans to Drive Less 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 Read more about New Report Shows New Jerseyans Are Driving Less Pages first previous 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next last More Search form Search About Issues

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