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  • New Report: Misplaced highway spending to blame for crumbling roads and bridges | NJPIRG
    roads are in less than good condition and 11 percent of the state s bridges are structurally deficient according to federal statistics A typical New Jersey driver can expect to spend an additional 596 in auto repairs each year due to rough roads Based on an analysis of the state s spending of federal transportation dollars between 2006 and 2008 about a 100 million more annually was spent on repairing bridges than creating new capacity New Jersey is better than most states on this issue said Allison Cairo of New Jersey PIRG but we need to do better Given the need to stretch every dollar in this budget crisis the state should be taking a second look at planned widening of toll roads This report calls into question our nation s transportation priorities said Allison It is a waste of scarce resources to continue spending billions on new highways while existing roadways need repair It s like adding a guest room on your home when the roof is leaking The report places the blame on powerful special interests and perverse state and federal policies It points out that by and large states generally award major new construction contracts to outside contractors many of whom lobby for such projects Routine maintenance and repairs by contrast tend to be performed by in house staff who lack outside influence Politicians can be susceptible to these pressures because they garner positive political attention from ribbon cuttings for new projects and mainly hear complaints about closing roads for repair and maintenance according to the report New Jersey already has strong fix it first policies but we need to make sure the rest of the states follow our lead to ensure that no funds are wasted on new projects until we ve cleared our backlog of

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  • Do Roads Pay For Themselves? | NJPIRG
    taxes aren t user fees in any meaningful sense of the term The amount of money a particular driver pays in gasoline taxes bears little relationship to his or her use of roads funded by gas taxes State gas taxes are often not extra fees Most states exempt gasoline from the state sales tax diverting much of the money that would have gone into a state s general fund to roads Federal gas taxes have typically not been devoted exclusively to highways Since its 1934 inception Congress only temporarily dedicated gas tax revenues fully to highways during the brief 17 year period beginning in 1956 This was at the start of construction for the Interstate highway network a project completed in the 1990s Highways don t pay for themselves Since 1947 the amount of money spent on highways roads and streets has exceeded the amount raised through gasoline taxes and other so called user fees by 600 billion 2005 dollars representing a massive transfer of general government funds to highways Highways pay for themselves less today than ever Currently highway user fees pay only about half the cost of building and maintaining the nation s network of highways roads and streets These figures fail to include the many costs imposed by highway construction on non users of the system including damage to the environment and public health and encouragement of sprawling forms of development that impose major costs on the environment and government finances To make the right choices for America s transportation future the nation should take a smart approach to transportation investments one that weighs the full costs and benefits of those investments and then allocates the costs of those investments fairly across society Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse Of Antibiotics Stop the Highway Boondoggles

    Original URL path: http://njpirg.org/reports/njf/do-roads-pay-themselves (2016-04-29)
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  • Road Work Ahead | NJPIRG
    policy decisions that put other considerations ahead of the pressing need to preserve our investment in the highway system Political forces often undermine a strong commitment to maintenance Members of Congress state legislators and local politicians thrive on ribbon cuttings Powerful special interests push for new and bigger highways Meanwhile federal and state policies which should provide strong guidance in the wise use of taxpayer dollars often fail to achieve the proper balance between building new infrastructure and taking care of what we already have built To fix our roads and bridges America first must fix our transportation policies To counteract the tendencies to neglect repair and maintenance we must adopt strong fix it first rules that give priority to maintenance of our existing roads and bridges set national goals for the condition of our transportation system and hold state governments accountable for achieving results This report describes how America s roads and bridges are in disrepair bringing together a wide variety of statistics and sources with state by state analysis It shows how special interest pressure tilts the playing field toward the construction of new and ever wider highways at the expense of repair and maintenance U S transportation policy fails to properly emphasize highway and bridge maintenance with federal transportation policies allocating vast amounts of money to the states with little direction and no accountability and with Congressional earmarks further tilting spending away from maintenance State transportation funding policies are often similarly short sighted focusing on the creation of politically popular new highways rather than maintaining existing roads and bridges Spending more money on transportation won t fix America s roads and bridges without a top to bottom shift in funding priorities and policies The report s recommendations include ways to Make highway and bridge maintenance as a

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  • Blog | NJPIRG
    We oppose latest effort to weaken CFPB other bank regulators Wednesday March 2 2016 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director Today the House Financial Services Committee holds its latest cattle call markup of a package of industry backed bills designed to weaken consumer taxpayer depositor and investor protections We ve signed a letter opposing the so called TAILOR Taking Account of Institutions with Low Operation Risk Act which piles redundant requirements onto the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and other regulators to do what they already do by existing law treat small banks and credit unions differently than mega banks Also the PIRG backed Americans for Financial Reform sent up a letter opposing the TAILOR Act and 6 more of the 10 bills on the agenda because they are designed to weaken consumer taxpayer depositor and investor protections Financial Reform Read more about We oppose latest effort to weaken CFPB other bank regulators 100 Groups Oppose Provisions That Threaten Public Protections Monday February 8 2016 By Mike Litt Consumer Program Advocate 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 Consumer Protection Financial Reform Read more about 100 Groups Oppose Provisions That Threaten Public Protections 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 Act Now Jobs Donate Newsroom Resources Reports Get our RSS

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  • Blog | NJPIRG
    Today s public event and a second public meeting tomorrow Wednesday with live webstream 9am noon DC time comparing the CFPB to its European counterparts are sponsored by the PIRG backed TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue Financial Reform Read more about Debating trade and consumer protection in Brussels today House Tees Up VW Bailout and Other Attacks on Public Protections Consumer Rights Wednesday January 6 2016 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director Updated 8 January to add vote results You ve probably heard that the House is soon planning to again repeal the Affordable Care Act Obamacare That bill will certainly be vetoed But the House has other anti consumer anti environmental bills scheduled for floor action this week and next The bills take aim at agency health financial and safety regulations and also consumer rights to band together as a class to take their grievances against corporate wrongdoers to court That last bill would immunize Volkswagen from having to compensate VW Diesel owners for being deceptively sold cars designed to defeat air pollution requirements Consumer Protection Make VW Pay Read more about House Tees Up VW Bailout and Other Attacks on Public Protections Consumer Rights Progress in 2015 and hope for the new year Wednesday December 23 2015 By Anya Vanecek Public Health Digital Campaigner 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 Public Health Food Read more about Progress in 2015 and hope for the new year 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

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  • Blog | NJPIRG
    of restaurants that are helping to stop the overuse antibiotics on large industrial farms Public Health Food Read more about It keeps getting better Predictable Problems in the FDA Annual Report Tuesday December 15 2015 By Bill Wenzel Antibiotics Program Director 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 Public Health Food Read more about Predictable Problems in the FDA Annual Report House Committee Launches Trojan Horse Assault On State Privacy Laws Tuesday December 8 2015 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director 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 Financial Reform Read more about House Committee Launches Trojan Horse Assault On State Privacy Laws 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 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 Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results Take Action Donate JOIN US Priority Action We re teaming up

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  • Blog | NJPIRG
    the federal government set to end on December 11 Congressional leaders are working with powerful special interests on their not so Secret Santa lists to use spending bills as vehicles to gut health safety and wallet protections popular with the general public but not with Wall Street or the U S Chamber of Commerce They know they cannot win a fair fight So they re loading up the must pass funding bill with so called riders which are unrelated policies that couldn t get passed on their own Everything we fought for in Wall Street reform including the CFPB is on the chopping block So are many other PIRG health safety wallet and democracy priorities Public Health Read more about Not so secret Santas in Congress Using Spending Bill To Roll Back Health Safety Wallet Protections 30 Years of Trouble in Toyland 30 Years of Safety Improvements Wednesday November 18 2015 By Anna Low Beer Digital Campaigner 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 Consumer Protection Read more about 30 Years of Trouble in Toyland 30 Years of Safety Improvements 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

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  • Blog | NJPIRG
    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 Financial Reform Read more about Privacy We ve Got Tips and Ideas For You Congress and Regulators Too A Sub stantial Achievement Thursday October 22 2015 By Steve Blackledge Public Health Program Director 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 Public Health Read more about A Sub stantial Achievement Victory Subway Commits to Help Save Antibiotics Tuesday October 20 2015 By Steve Blackledge Public Health Program Director Today Subway announced a plan to phase out antibiotics from it s entire meat supply in response to mounting consumer demand for stronger action by the chain to help save antibiotics from overuse Public Health Read more about Victory Subway Commits to Help Save Antibiotics Pages first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 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 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 Archives Blog Media Hits

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