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  • Dan Xie | NJPIRG
    counties across the state Dan got her start as an intern for CALPIRG in 2005 at UC Davis and came on to staff in 2008 Her first three years on staff she was a campus organizer at UC Santa Cruz UC Berkeley and finally UCLA she recruited and worked with over 200 interns on public interest campaigns In 2010 Dan oversaw eight campuses in southern California to successfully defeat Prop 23 the dirty oil proposition She directed summer canvass offices across the state that raised over half a million dollars Dan graduated from the University of California Davis in 2008 in Political Science and Environmental Policy Analysis and Planning Full staff list 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 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

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  • Jeremy Flood | NJPIRG
    offshore tax shelters and transparency in settlement agreements with corporations found liable for wrong doing A Colorado College graduate Jeremy studied documentary film and political science He has also worked on award winning documentaries such as Gideon s Army and The Great Invisible Before joining U S PIRG Jeremy worked as a field organizer running youth voter registration drives in Denver and was the communications coordinator for a small community non profit He is currently a resident of Denver Colorado Full staff list 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 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 Your donation supports NJPIRG s work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter especially

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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    11 12 13 14 next last Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center and Demos Democracy Distorted Democracy This 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 Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Food Total Food Recall This report is a snapshot look from January 2011 to September 2012 at recalls that were directly linked to identified incidents of foodborne illness Failures in the rules and processes that protect our food supply have led to numerous high volume recalls over the past two years that left many New Jerseyans sickened and at least 37 Americans dead And the economic costs of the illnesses caused by food products recalled over the past 21 months come to over 5 1 million in our state Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center and Demos Democracy Million Dollar Megaphones The Top 5 dark money spenders on presidential election ads have reported less than 1 of their spending to the FEC which is all that is required by the agency s insufficient standards according to a new report analyzing the latest campaign filings N J PIRG and Demos report Million Dollar Megaphones Super PACs and Unlimited Outside Spending in the 2012 Elections provides a detailed analysis of Federal Election Commission FEC data and secondary sources on outside spending and Super PAC fundraising for the 2012 election cycle Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Pages first previous 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 next last Blog Post Consumer Protection The CFPB at Three A Child Prodigy Ed Mierzwinski The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB turned just three years

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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    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 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 next last Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Financial Reform Higher Ed The Campus Debit Card Trap Banks and other financial firms are taking advantage of a variety of opportunities to form partnerships with colleges and universities to produce campus student ID cards and to offer student aid disbursements on debit or prepaid cards Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Higher Ed The Cost of College Will Soar if Interest Rates Allowed To Double More than 7 million students and their families rely on Subsidized Stafford Loans to help pay for college The loans distributed by the U S Department of Education currently hold an interest rate of 3 4 percent But that rate is set to double if Congress fails to act by July 1 2012 If that occurs millions of students will see their interest rates soar to 6 8 percent on the new loans they take in the next year thereby causing a steep rise in their loan burden and effectively increasing the cost of attaining a college degree Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Tax Picking Up the Tab Some U S based multinational firms or individuals avoid paying U S taxes by transferring their earnings to tax haven countries with minimal or no taxes These tax haven users benefit from their access to America s markets workforce infrastructure and security but they pay little or nothing for it violating the basic fairness of the tax system and forcing other taxpayers to pick up the tab Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Transportation Transportation and the New Generation The United States is in the midst of the longest decline in driving since World War II with the greatest reduction in driving occurring among young people Transportation and the New Generation explores the reasons why young people are driving less and the implications for transportation policy in the United States Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Democracy Tax Loopholes for Sale Recent polls show a large majority of Americans including small business owners are convinced that profitable corporations are not paying enough in taxes Citizens for Tax Justice and NJPIRG s Loopholes for Sale pursues the intersection of corporate campaign contributions to members of Congress and the absence of Congressional action to close corporate tax loopholes and raise additional revenue from corporate taxes Keep Reading Pages first previous 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 next last Blog Post Democracy NJ Assembly Should Move Forward Resolution to Overturn Citizens United The Supreme Court s Citizens United ruling has allowed secretive groups to freely and unaccountably spend millions

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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    Jersey received a C when it comes to government spending transparency according to the fourth annual report of its kind by the NJPIRG Law Policy Center Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Budget Tax Senate Budget Debate Shows Bipartisan Support for Closing Offshore Tax Loopholes A bipartisan group of senators agree that closing offshore tax loopholes which allow large profitable companies to dodge billions in taxes needs to be part of the budget We applaud Sens Levin D MI McCain R AZ and Whitehouse D RI for proposing an amendment to the budget resolution that gives budget writers the authority to end offshore tax abuses used by large corporations Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy 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 Pages first previous 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 next last Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax Following the Money 2012 New Jersey scores a C in the 2010 report on online access to government spending data Keep Reading Report Democracy Auctioning Democracy A new report by NJPIRG Law and Policy Center and Demos shows an analysis of the funding sources for the campaign finance behemoths Super PACs The findings confirmed what many have predicted in the wake of the Supreme Court s damaging Citizens United decision since their inception in 2010 Super PACs have been primarily funded by a small segment of very wealthy individuals and business interests with a small but significant amount of funds coming from secret sources Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Safe Energy Too Close to Home In the United States 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant inside the boundary the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to assess risk to food and water supplies Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Democracy Tax Representation Without Taxation Marking the second anniversary of the Supreme Court s decision in the Citizens United vs Federal Election Commission case this report takes a hard look at the lobbying activities of profitable Fortune 500 companies that exploit loopholes and distort the tax code to avoid billions of dollars in taxes Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland The 2011 Trouble in Toyland report is our 26th annual survey of toy safety In this report we provide safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for young children and provide examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards Keep Reading Pages first previous 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 next last Blog Post Democracy Making Super PACs

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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    get protections from lenders that make risky loans without checking a borrower s income assets or ability to repay a loan Keep Reading Pages first previous 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 next last Media Hit Transportation The Star Ledger Report Gas tax car charges only cover half the cost of road maintenance Amid a debate over whether New Jersey should increase its low gasoline tax to shore up the nearly broke transportation fund a report released today cautions that gas taxes and other vehicle charges pay only half the cost of building and maintaining the nation s roads Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform Tis the Season For Prepaid Card Hidden Fees As consumers flock to retailers during the holiday season and as the use of prepaid cards continues to expand rapidly NJPIRG joined Senator Robert Menendez D NJ to introduce The Prepaid Card Consumer Protection Act to curb hidden fees associated with many of these cards Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform NJPIRG and NJCA React to CFPB Vote Wall Street won a victory over hard working consumers today By blocking a vote to confirm Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 45 Senators gave in to Wall Street instead of standing up for the public Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection NJPIRG talks Toy Safety on New Jersey Now Video NJPIRG s Gideon Weissman appeared on New Jersey Now to discuss toy safety tips for the holidays Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Consumer Protection Survey Finds Toxic or Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America s store shelves according to NJPIRG s 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report Keep Reading Pages first previous

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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    s store shelves according to the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group s 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report The survey of hazardous toys found that despite recent progress consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland The 2013 Trouble in Toyland report is the 28th annual NJPIRG survey of toy safety In this report NJPIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards Keep Reading Pages first previous 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 next last News Release NJPIRG Budget Supercommittee Squanders Opportunity to Cut Waste After the Congressional Supercommittee announced its failure to agree on at least 1 2 trillion in deficit reduction the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group NJPIRG and the National Taxpayers Union NTU who jointly authored a report on deficit reduction earlier this year issued a response Keep Reading Media Hit Democracy NJPIRG Op Ed Reform needed to identify political campaign funders With Election Day right around the corner we should know who is funding our political campaigns It s getting harder and harder to tell which corporations are trying to buy our elections and our politicians Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Health Care Nationwide Study of New Health Exchanges Shows New Jersey How to Lower Costs For Consumers Many states are creating health exchanges to deliver better value for consumers and New Jersey should follow their lead according to Making the Grade a new report by NJPIRG Health exchanges are competitive marketplaces that can empower individuals and small businesses with better more affordable options for coverage Under the federal health reform law each state will have an exchange up and running in 2014 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Pages first previous 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 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 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

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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    Action were joined 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 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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