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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    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 Pages first previous 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 next last News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Financial Reform Higher Ed Banks Skim Millions In Fees From Student Aid Using Debit Card Linked Student IDs Over 9 million students are at risk for increased educational debt due to bank affiliated student debit cards that come with high fees insufficient consumer protections and few options Financial institutions now have affinity partnerships with almost 900 campuses nationwide grafting bank products onto student IDs and other campus cards to become the primary recipient of billions in federal financial aid to distribute to students Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Safe Energy NJPIRG Statement on the Resignation of NRC Chairman Gregory Jaczko We are deeply concerned by Chairman Gregory Jaczko s resignation from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Health Care Governor s Veto Doesn t Undo Need for Health Reform Today Gov Christie brought health reform screeching to a halt in New Jersey The Governor s veto doesn t undo the need for health reform in New Jersey The Supreme Court decision won t change the fact that 1 3 million people are uninsured and thousands more are struggling to keep their families covered Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Higher Ed Senate Fails to Delay Interest Rate Hike That Threatens College Affordability Would Lead to 20 Increases in Cost of College Next Year In the wake of a failed Senate vote the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group NJPIRG released a joint report on the looming threat of a major hike in the federal student loan interest rate If Congress fails to act by July 1 the interest rate for Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan will double rising to 6 8 percent 7 4 million American students will see the interest rates on their student loans double effectively raising the average cost of college by over 1 000 for millions of students and their families Keep Reading Media Hit Higher Ed The New Student Battle Cry Don t Double My Rate The media and the country are just waking up to the alarming fact that unless Congress acts by July 1 the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans will double from 3 4 percent to 6 8 percent Congress must not let

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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    report of its kind by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group Law Policy Center NJPIRG LPC Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Following the Money 2014 This report NJPIRG LPC s fifth annual evaluation of state transparency websites finds that states are making progress toward comprehensive one stop one click transparency and accountability for state government spending Over the past year new states have opened the books on public spending and several states have adopted new practices to further expand citizens access to critical spending information Many states however still have a long way to go to provide taxpayers with the information they need to ensure that government is spending their money effectively Keep Reading Pages first previous 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 next last News Release NJPIRG Tax Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average New Jersey Taxpayer 668 a Year Each New Jersey Small Business 2 116 New Study Finds With tax day approaching a new study released by NJPIRG found that the average New Jersey taxpayer in 2011 would have to shoulder an extra 668 tax burden to make up for revenue lost from corporations and wealthy individuals shifting income to offshore tax havens The report Picking Up The Tab Average Citizens and Small Businesses Pay the Price for Offshore Tax Havens additionally found that to cover the cost of the corporate abuse of tax havens in 2011 small businesses in New Jersey would have to foot a bill of over 2 116 on average Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Transportation New Report Long Term Drop in How Much People Drive Youth Desire More Transportation Options A new report released today by the NJPIRG Law and Policy Center demonstrates that Americans have been driving less since the middle of last decade The report Transportation and the New Generation Why Young People are Driving Less and What it Means for Transportation Policy shows that young people in particular are decreasing the amount they drive and increasing their use of transportation alternatives Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Democracy Tax Thirty Companies Contribute 41 Million to 524 Members of Congress Receive 10 6 Billion in Tax Rebates A new report released Wednesday March 21 by NJPIRG Law and Policy Center and Citizens for Tax Justice CTJ found that thirty unusually aggressive tax dodging corporations have made campaign contributions to 524 98 percent sitting members of Congress and disproportionately to the leadership of both parties and to key committee members Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Tax White House Plan to Close Special Interest Tax Loopholes Is the Right Approach to Reform But Details Matter Statement by Gideon Weissman Program Associate for NJPIRG in response to the White House

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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    121 people were 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

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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    Toys on Store 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

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  • 21st Century Transportation | NJPIRG
    and support Millennials demands for a greater array of transportation choices 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 Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next last 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 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 Public Health Transportation Chemical Security Getting On the Right Track The President s Executive Order is a great step forward in modernizing the security of our chemical facilities Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Transportation Reduction in Driving Likely to Continue As the average number of miles driven by Americans heads into its eighth year of decline a new report from the NJPIRG Law Policy Center finds that the slowdown in driving is likely to 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 1 2 3 next

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  • 21st Century Transportation | NJPIRG
    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 Public Health Transportation New Safety Recommendations a Good Step Forward Statement of Jen Kim NJPIRG State Director on new NTSB recommendations for oil transport on trains 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 Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next last News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Transportation New Report Long Term Drop in How Much People Drive Youth Desire More Transportation Options A new report released today by the NJPIRG Law and Policy Center demonstrates that Americans have been driving less since the middle of last decade The report Transportation and the New Generation Why Young People are Driving Less and What it Means for Transportation Policy shows that young people in particular are decreasing the amount they drive and increasing their use of transportation alternatives Keep Reading 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 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 Law and Policy Center Budget Transportation New Report Misplaced highway spending to blame for crumbling roads and bridges Drivers in New Jersey pay an extra 596 per year on car repairs due to highways and bridges in disrepair Drivers in the New York Newark metropolitan area spend upwards of 638 extra on car repairs in a year Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Transportation User Fee Myth Busted NJ Is Only State in Nation Where Taxes Subsidize Driving A new report released today by the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group NJPIRG disproves the common misperception that road building is paid for by user fees showing that gas taxes cover barely half the costs of building and maintaining roads a fraction which is likely to fall steadily Keep Reading Pages

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  • 21st Century Transportation | NJPIRG
    future Issue updates Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation Transportation in Transition Our first of its kind report shows that Americans transportation habits have changed The average American drives 7 6 percent fewer miles today than when per capita driving peaked in 2004 A review of data from the Federal Highway Administration Federal Transit Administration and Census Bureau for America s 100 most populous urbanized areas which are home to over half of the nation s population shows that the decline in per capita driving has taken place in a wide variety of regions 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 Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation A New Way To Go America is in the midst of a technological revolution and a big shift in our transportation habits Over the last 15 years the Internet and mobile communications technologies have transformed the way Americans live and work 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

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  • 21st Century Transportation | NJPIRG
    Getting On the Right Track The President s Executive Order is a great step forward in modernizing the security of our chemical facilities Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Transportation Reduction in Driving Likely to Continue As the average number of miles driven by Americans heads into its eighth year of decline a new report from the NJPIRG Law Policy Center finds that the slowdown in driving is likely to 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 Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Transportation A New Direction The Driving Boom a six decade long period of steady increases in per capita driving in the United States is over Americans drive fewer total miles today than we did eight years ago and fewer per person than we did at the end of Bill Clinton s first term The unique combination of conditions that fueled the Driving Boom from cheap gas prices to the rapid expansion of the workforce during the Baby Boom generation no longer exists Meanwhile a new generation the Millennials is demanding a new American Dream less dependent on driving Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Transportation New Report Long Term Drop in How Much People Drive Youth Desire More Transportation Options A new report released today by the NJPIRG Law and Policy Center demonstrates that Americans have been driving less since the middle of last decade The report Transportation and the New Generation Why Young People are Driving Less and What it

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