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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    posing significant threats to public safety Over 12 million people live near a high risk New Jersey chemical plant 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 Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 next last Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax Subsidizing Bad Behavior BP s recent 4 5 billion legal settlement with the Justice Department for its misdeeds in the Gulf oil spill was historic for being the largest ever criminal settlement But it was historic for another reason as well none of it is allowed to be tax deductible Unfortunately too many settlements for wrongdoing end up as tax deductions Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax What America Could Do with 150 Billion Lost to Offshore Tax Havens Many corporations and wealthy individuals use offshore tax havens countries with minimal or no taxes to avoid paying 150 billion in U S taxes each year To put this sum in perspective this factsheet provides examples of how it could be used Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland 2012 The 2012 Trouble in Toyland report is the 27th annual U S Public Interest Research Group PIRG survey of toy safety In this report U S PIRG 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 Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Big Banks Bigger Fees Over the last six months state PIRG staff conducted inquiries at 250 bank and 116 credit union branches in 17 states and the District of Columbia and reviewed bank fees online in these and 7 other states This report addresses the following questions How easy is it for consumers to shop around for financial services Are banks complying with current fee disclosure requirements Can consumers still find free or low cost checking accounts or has free checking ended Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Democracy Distorted Democracy Post Election Edition Our new analysis of data through Election Day from the Federal Election Commission FEC and other sources shows how big outside spenders drowned out small contributions in the 2012 election cycle just 61 large donors to Super PACs giving on average 4 7 million each matched the 285 1 million in grassroots contributions from more than 1 425 500 small donors to the major party presidential candidates Keep Reading Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 next last 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

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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    Lists from nineteen state departments of transportation DOTs show that the broader goals articulated by President elect Obama will be undermined if Congress the Administration and the states do not establish forward looking rules for spending stimulus funds Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Public Health Airborne Toxic Pollution And Health This report focuses on releases to New Jersey s air of carcinogens and developmental toxins In reviewing airborne releases of toxic pollution in New Jersey we have reached three conclusions First industrial facilities continue to release enormous volumes of chemicals that cause cancer and developmental problems Second the airborne toxins are a problem statewide Third safer alternatives exist for many of these chemicals Keep Reading Pages first previous 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 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 public health This summer we re asking KFC to do the same Will you help win change Donate Now Get Big Money Out Voters In Super PACs and mega donors are drowning out the voices of regular Americans but together we can take our elections back The momentum is already building will your voice be heard What can I do Stop the Highway Boondoggles Americans are finding alternative ways to get around but our transportation priorities are stuck in the past Our research has found 11 projects that should be sent back to the

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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    last Media Hit Health Care The Princeton Packet Health Care Repeal Would Be Costly For New Jersey In last week s State of the Union President Barack Obama made it clear that he intends to continue with his health reform agenda His opposition will no doubt continue to push for repeal But are repeal proponents standing up for consumers or are they standing up for the health insurance industry Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Health Care Health Care Repeal Would Have Costly Consequences for New Jersey Consumers and Small Businesses Consumers and small businesses in New Jersey will face significantly higher insurance premiums and could see costly coverage denials and price discrimination if efforts to repeal the federal health care law prevail in Congress or in the courts according to The Cost of Repeal Examining the Impact on New Jersey of Repealing the New Federal Health Care Law a new report released today by NJPIRG 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 Media Hit Democracy newjerseynewsroom com U S Supreme Court decision on campaign finance blasted by Jerseyans In a shocking burst of judicial activism the Supreme Court decided that corporations should be treated in the same manner as ordinary citizens and be allowed to spend the massive amounts of money they accumulate on direct attack ads for or against members of Congress Keep Reading Pages first previous

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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    News Release NJPIRG Health Care Consumers Win With Supreme Court Ruling Today s decision is good news for consumers in New Jersey Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Budget Food Senate Vote on Farm Bill a Disappointment Taxpayer dollars still going to Big Ag NJPIRG is disappointed in the Senate s approval of the 2012 Farm Bill which will send tens of billions of taxpayer dollars to Big Ag The Senate missed a golden opportunity to tackle the problem of wasteful agricultural subsidies which have cost taxpayers 260 billion since 1995 Instead this bill recommits to taxpayer support for the largest agribusinesses Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Safe Energy Court Recognizes Spent Fuel Safety Threat We re pleased the Court recognized that nuclear waste storage poses a significant health and safety threat and the NRC s storage rules demand further scrutiny Spent fuel storage is a very real problem for New Jerseyans and Governor Christie was right to challenge the NRC Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Consumer Protection Testimony to Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee Supporting ACR146 The Division of Consumer Affairs adopted a waiver under Governor Christie s Executive Order No 2 that would undermine all consumer protections Keep Reading Pages first previous 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 next last Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Democracy Transportation Greasing The Wheels In the wake of the Minnesota I 35 bridge collapse there was enormous public outcry and recognition of the need to repair our crumbling infrastructure Americans expected public officials to respond to the tragedy with a large scale effort to address the nearly 73 000 structurally deficient bridges in this country The findings in this report suggest that did not happen Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Food Recipe for Disaster The recall of more than 500 million eggs from two Iowa egg farms is the largest but not the last of 85 recalls that have taken place in the year since food safety reform moved to the U S Senate The U S House of Representatives passed the Food Safety Enhancement Act H R 2749 on July 30 2009 However the Senate s version of the bill the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act S 510 has languished while waiting for time on the Senate s floor schedule Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Transportation Economic Stimulus or Simply More Misguided Spending This fall Congress asked states to submit lists of ready to go transportation infrastructure projects that could be funded by the stimulus package Lists from nineteen state departments of transportation DOTs

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  • NJPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | NJPIRG
    tax deductible business expenses Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Health Care Gov Christie s Veto Means More Delays for Health Reform Gov Christie vetoed legislation today that would have created a health insurance exchange in New Jersey Keep Reading News Release NJPIRG Law Policy Center Budget Tax IT S TIME TO LISTEN TO MAIN STREET NOT WALL STREET TRENTON December 6th With Congress scrambling to agree on ways to reduce the deficit NJPIRG and the NJ Main Street Alliance joined with New Jersey small business owners today urging Congress and the President to listen to the needs of small businesses in ongoing debates over the fate of the Bush tax cuts and corporate tax loopholes The groups were supported in their push for more equitable individual and corporate taxation by Congressman Frank Pallone Jr NJ 06 Keep Reading Pages first previous 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 next last Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Transportation Caution Red Light Cameras Ahead Privatized traffic law enforcement systems are spreading rapidly across the United States As many as 700 local jurisdictions have entered into deals with for profit companies to install camera systems at intersections and along roadways to encourage drivers to obey traffic signals and follow speed limits Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Health Care Making the Grade When it comes to health care there are few magic bullet solutions for the many problems consumers face in the marketplace insurers don t compete for their business leading to higher prices and lower quality Important information about coverage is buried in the fine print making it hard to know what s really covered or which plan is right And costs are continuing their unsustainable rise Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Tax Increment Financing Tax increment financing TIF has been a widely used tool for municipalities seeking private investment TIF allows cities and towns to borrow against an area s future tax revenues in order to invest in immediate projects or encourage present development When used properly TIF can promote enduring growth and stronger communities for blighted neighborhoods but TIF can also end up wasting taxpayer resources or channeling money to politically favored special interests Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Law and Policy Center Budget Food Health Care Apples to Twinkies The rise in childhood obesity has many causes but one of the most important is the increased prevalence of high fat heavily sweetened junk food And shockingly American taxpayers are spending billions to subsidize junk food ingredients making the problem worse Keep Reading Report NJPIRG Budget Toward Common Ground To break through the ideological divide that has dominated Washington this past year and offer a pathway to address the nation s fiscal problems the National Taxpayers Union and U S PIRG joined together to identify mutually acceptable deficit reduction measures This report documents our findings Keep Reading Pages first previous 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 next last Blog

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  • 21st Century Transportation | NJPIRG
    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 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 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 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 Pages 1 2 3 next last Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Transportation The Innovative Transportation Index This report reviews the availability of 11 technology enabled transportation services including online ridesourcing carsharing ridesharing taxi hailing static and real time transit information multi modal apps and virtual transit ticketing in 70 U S cities It finds that residents of 19 cities with a combined population of nearly 28 million people have access to eight or more of these services with other cities catching up rapidly 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 Report NJPIRG Law Policy Center Consumer Protection Transportation The Unfriendly Skies This report analyzes these consumer complaints about U S air carriers for the five year period from 2009 2013 evaluates the effectiveness of new regulations and compares airlines performance This report tracks trends in tens of thousands of consumer complaints over time finding how some airlines have improved their rankings and others have worsened

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  • Owning Fewer Cars Isn’t Just For Millennials | NJPIRG
    new forms of shared transportation services are not replacing public transportation but rather supplementing it If technology is making it easier to live with fewer or no cars by increasing access to public transportation and filling in at times or in places where public transportation is not available the potential impacts on our entire transportation system are huge 4 At both the state and national level we need to reorient our transportation spending away from building more and wider highways and increase investment in public transportation Building more highways will only lead to more driving increasing pollution associated health costs and environmental degradation it s an unsustainable option With the growing popularity of shared transportation services it is even more important that we increase access to transportation options that Americans increasingly want to use However these new technologies the same ones that are enabling this shared mobility revolution present an even greater opportunity Rather than just supplementing or complementing public transit what if shared or on demand mobility became an extension of public transit In fact some transit agencies have already begun to explore such an extension testing what closer collaboration might look like between shared services and transit 5 Shared transportation services are already making it easier for people to own fewer cars and with greater integration and further technological revolutions on the horizon read self driving cars car ownership could even be a thing of the past in some cities 1 Fortune Lyft Highlights Most Popular Drop Off Locations Across America December 29 2015 2 APTA Shared Mobility and the Transformation of Public Transit March 2016 3 KQED Many Lyft and Uber Riders Also Use Public Transit Study Says March 15 2016 4 APTA Facts at a Glance 2016 5 City Lab Kansas City Is Embarking on a

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  • Pulling a FAST one on our Transportation Future | NJPIRG
    of funding the nation s Highway Trust Fund but because of inflation more fuel efficient cars and less driving that is no longer the case Since the last long term transportation bill expired in 2009 Congress has passed roughly three dozen short term funding patches that relied in part on transferring money from the general fund to the Highway Trust Fund and Mass Transit Accounts to keep our transportation system chugging along Often this money was described as being fully paid for by off sets that would take savings from other places in the budget to cover the cost of the new spending Yet in reality many of these off sets were merely budget gimmicks They would count many years worth of savings to cover just month s worth of expenses or they would rely on accounting tricks that just shuffled money around and made it look like new money The FAST Act continues this shifty behavior by relying on roughly 70 billion in off sets that are really just more of the same The largest of these off sets comes from raiding a rainy day fund at the federal reserve a move which Ex Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke has fiercely opposed and said publically could add to the deficit Other off sets include selling off millions of barrels from the strategic petroleum reserve and counting the estimated savings at twice the market rate oil currently sells for When this bill expires in five years rather than having a debate about how best to spend the money we ll still be debating where the money will come from and more than likely continuing to pretend we have come up with real solutions 4 It cuts important environmental safeguards The preferred term of congressional leaders is streamlining environmental regulations 12 but whatever you call it the effect is the same dirtier land air and water causing less healthy people Dozens of pages of important environmental safeguards have been streamlined in this new bill Congress has made changes that would allow states to substitute their own often weaker environmental protections in place of more stringent federal protections in order to make building new and wider highways faster and easier without any regard for the environmental and public health consequences The net effect is that highway projects that wouldn t have passed muster before are now likely to be built They will be judged less rigorously and compared to fewer alternatives These safeguards were there to protect us from polluting and destructive projects It s inexplicable that Congress would try to stop them from doing their job 5 We ll be stuck with bad policy for five years The good thing about having a long term funding bill is that states can plan for funding over years instead of months and projects that are capitol and time intensive are easier to commit to We also don t have to have a time consuming debate about policy and funding every few months or

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