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  • Millenials reduced their annual driving miles by 23% according to new NJPIRG report | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    Rutgers freshman Jake Schuhardt njpirgstudnets org spoke Mayor Wahler noted that Piscataway New Brunswick and Rutgers engage forward thinking planning taking into consideration future transportation needs and developments During the upgrade to Route 18 through New Brunswick and Livingston Campus all utility lines were placed on the side of the roadway This makes future rapid transit development much easier said Wahler Best practices urban planning comes from university community partnerships that make mass transit safe efficient and convenient to the benefit of students and communities according to Wahler Rutgers Senior Transportation Planner Dorothy Kieu Le noted that Rutgers Department of Transportation Services operates the largest university bus transit system in the nation at no charge to riders Le and Wahler agreed that they hoped to continue working together to expand transportation options such as the Bike RU Initiative to the university s neighboring cities Jake Schuhardt quoted the report statistic that Americans aged 16 to 34 years of age reduced their annual driving miles by 23 percent per person between 2001 and 2009 In the report Phineas Baxandall a co author of the report and Senior Analyst at U S PIRG Education Fund wrote Across America colleges and universities are showing that efforts to meet increased demand for transportation options deliver powerful benefits for their community and surrounding areas These efforts are saving money for universities and improving the quality of life on campus About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters Rutgers Camden Rutgers New Brunswick Rutgers Newark Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees

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  • Trouble in Toyland | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    small children in their households NJPIRG offers the following advice for Black Friday Cyber Monday Small Business Saturday and all of your other holiday shopping adventures Always read and heed warning labels on toys for small parts and choking hazards This is the number one cause of toy recalls There is a simple choke test that can be done at home Use a toilet paperroll to test small parts of a toy If the part fits through the roll it is too small for a child 3 and under The CPSC does not test all toys and not all toys on store shelves meet CPSC standards There is no comprehensive list of potentially hazardous toys Examine toys carefully for potential dangers before and after you make a purchase Shop with NJPIRG s Toy Safety Tips available at www ToySafetyTips org and on our website www njpirg org Parents should continue to be vigilant about metals in toys as they may contain lead or cadmium above the mandatory safety limits The Centers for Disease Control CDC recommends that all children be screened for exposure to lead A simple and inexpensive blood test can determine whether or not a child has a dangerous level of lead in his or her body The test can be obtained through a physician or public health agency Report unsafe toys or toy related injuries to the CPSC at www cpsc gov and www saferproducts gov or call the CPSC at 1 800 638 2772 View further media coverage on our 2013 Trouble in Toyland Report NJTV NJPIRG Tests Toys for Safety News 12 New Jersey New toys make list of most dangerous Star Ledger Trouble in Toyland annual report by group cites play dangers but industry refutes it NBC News Trouble in Toyland report warns consumers

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/media/nj/trouble-toyland (2016-04-29)
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  • Gearing up for another semester! | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    believe it s December already The end of the semester is approaching quickly and we re switching gears to select our campaigns for the next semester We want to make the biggest difference for the upcoming spring and your opinion is very important to us What campaigns would you like to see run Click here to take our Campaign Selection Survey Read the campaign proposals here Reclaim Our Democracy Clean Water Don t Frack Our Forests Label GMOs Stop Global Warming Final decisions will be made by our student leaders by December 6th Stay tuned and once again thank you About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters Rutgers Camden Rutgers New Brunswick Rutgers Newark Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No Food Save ABX Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/blogs/nj/gearing-another-semester (2016-04-29)
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  • NJPIRG wishes you a safe and happy break!! | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    Trap event to teach students about financial literacy and how to be smart in terms of student loans and debt This Wednesday our staff gave three press conferneces in Atlantic City Newark and Trenton highlighting the release of our report Trouble in Toyland informing parents and toy shoppers how to look out for potential hazards and what to look for on the toy shelves this holiday season Stay tuned in for more updates from NJPIRG Don t forget to enjoy the turkey or tofurkey and mashed potatoes Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah from NJPIRG Enjoy your break Collecting Cans for local shelters at Fresh Grocer on Sunday 11 24 Thanks to all the volunteers who came out About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters Rutgers Camden Rutgers New Brunswick Rutgers Newark Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No Food Save ABX Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Internships Work

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/blogs/nj/njpirg-wishes-you-safe-and-happy-break (2016-04-29)
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  • Avoid the Debt Trap! | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    and come to Avoid the Debt Trap How to avoid rip offs manage your debt and make financial decisions for your future NJPIRG Student Chapters is hosting a student financial education workshop featuring Rohit Chopra Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Assistant Director and Student Loan Ombudsman Special guests include Courtney McAnuff Rutgers Vice President of Enrollment and Eugene Gentile Director of the Office of Career Management Rutgers Business School Livingston Campus 100 Rock Building Room 1071 4 5 30pm Consumer Protection Student Debt About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters Rutgers Camden Rutgers New Brunswick Rutgers Newark Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No Food Save ABX Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action RSS Contact Blog Posts by Campaign Student Consumer Action Network Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Against Hunger

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/blogs/nj/avoid-debt-trap (2016-04-29)
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  • The Final Stretch! | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    the battle isn t over yet We ve collected over 16 000 votes and we re nearly there but we need your hand to help get the rest Want to know how you can help Here s an idea If you text 10 friends to come out and vote we ll give you a free t shirt We look forward to seeing you all out at the polls We are exicted about all the voters About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters Rutgers Camden Rutgers New Brunswick Rutgers Newark Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No Bees No Food Save ABX Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info Students in Action RSS Contact Blog Posts by Campaign Student Consumer Action Network Make Textbooks Affordable Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness Safe Energy New Voters Project

    Original URL path: http://njpirgstudents.org/blogs/nj/final-stretch (2016-04-29)
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  • Report looks at complaints for loans | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    were exactly the problems I had when I was applying earlier last year When he attempted to lower the amount he was borrowing the online application did not process the difference he said He had to seek assistance from their call center several times before they resolved the issue He also came close to signing up for the variable rates option which would have been much more expensive The layout of the website and the wording of its information highly favored the more expensive option I felt like I had been misled many times and if I hadn t been so skeptical I could have made a mistake he said State Senator Robert Singer R 30 a member of the Senate Higher Education Committee said he hoped to address the issue with government regulation He said students should know what they are signing up for when they get a private student loan Many students were first time borrowers prone to make mistakes especially with variable rate loans that would cost them more when interest rates went up in 2015 We need to tighten up the regulation to make sure students understand the ramifications of what they are borrowing perhaps with some disclaimer he said The limit for federal loans varies with an overall limit of 23 000 to 31 000 for all years said Jean Rash University Director of Financial Aid She said while the price of federal loans varies they have protections such as loan forgiveness that work to a student s advantage Sometimes people who take out private loans have not yet exhausted their federal student loan options she said The Office of Financial Aid often intervenes to inform students of the dangers of private loans she said But they cannot always prevent someone from taking out unnecessary

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  • Report Shows Dip In Driving In NJ | NJPIRG Student Chapters
    2007 Bersi Mesgna with NJPIRG told WCBS 880 s Levon Putney The decline in driving is a national trend The report found New Jersey is one of 46 states that have a decrease in the number of miles driven since 2005 The state by state study also found that more people are opting for mass transit and bicycles LINK Read The Full Report pdf Our government s transportation leaders need to realize that the decline in driving is about more than a temporary recession said Mesgna Ryan Lynch with the Tri State Transportation Campaign has called for more spending on bike lanes and extra rail and bus options He noted that 2 5 percent of New Jersey s budget goes toward biking and pedestrians That has to change that has to go up dramatically in order to create the environments that people are demanding said Lynch He has called on lawmakers to generate revenue for these projects by increasing the gas tax Lynch said the gas tax has not been increased in more than two decades Yet we ve raised fares on bus riders and transit riders he said The driving decline in New Jersey is far slower than in neighboring states the report found In New York annual per person vehicle miles driven since 2005 have declined by 8 1 percent in Pennsylvania by 10 4 percent and in Delaware by 11 7 percent About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments How is NJPIRG funded Local Chapters Rutgers Camden Rutgers New Brunswick Rutgers Newark Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns Don t Get Ripped Off Don t Frack the Delaware Energy Service Corps Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Citizens United No

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