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  • PennPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    the past teens saw their premiums soar or were denied coverage when they turned 19 even if they d been insured their whole lives Now they can remain on their parents plans until age 26 Keep Reading Result Food Researching How Tax Dollars Become Twinkies U S PIRG research found that since 1995 17 billion in agricultural subsidies have gone to corn syrup and other junk food ingredients That s enough to buy 2 8 billion Twinkies and vastly more than has gone to apples and other fresh fruits and vegetables Keep Reading Result Food KIDS SCHOOL LUNCHES NOW SAFER For years America s schoolchildren have been eating beef chicken and other foods that would have been rejected as substandard even by fast food chains Thanks in part to our advocacy the USDA has stopped buying such low quality meat for school lunches Keep Reading Result Financial Reform A VICTORY FOR CONSUMERS OVER WALL STREET Even after the financial crisis lobbyists for the big banks and credit card companies furiously opposed pro consumer provisions in the Wall Street reform law We helped convince Congress to ignore them and create a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Keep Reading Result Public Health KIDS SCHOOL LUNCHES NOW SAFER For years America s schoolchildren have been eating beef chicken and other foods that would have been rejected as substandard even by fast food chains Thanks in part to our advocacy the U S D A has stopped buying such low quality meat for school lunches Keep Reading Pages 1 2 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group Tax Following the Money 2016 Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation Highway Boondoggles 2 Twelve proposed highway projects across the country slated to cost at least 24 billion exemplify the need for a fresh approach to transportation spending Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland For 30 years PennPIRG Education Fund has conducted an annual survey of toy safety which has led to over 150 recalls and other regulatory actions over the years and has helped educate the public and policymakers on the need for continued action to protect the health and wellbeing of children Keep Reading Report U S PIRG Education Fund Democracy Boosting the Impact of Small Donors What if our campaign finance system encouraged candidates to raise money from everyday citizens making small contributions This report examines how the 2016 fundraising picture would look if a small donor campaign finance system were in place where small contributions were matched with limited public funds for candidates who agree to turn down large contributions Keep Reading Report US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Mortgages and Mortgage Complaints Our sixth report analyzing complaints in the CFPB s Public Consumer Complaint Database evaluates mortgage complaints the number one source of complaints to the CFPB totaling 38 of nearly 500 000 complaints posted since 2011 Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Blog Post Transportation

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  • Contact | PennPIRG
    Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating for a 21st century transportation system Job Description Take Action Donate Join Us Priority Action We re teaming up with big restaurant chains to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    young people In the past teens saw their premiums soar or were denied coverage when they turned 19 even if they d been insured their whole lives Now they can remain on their parents plans until age 26 Keep Reading Result Food Researching How Tax Dollars Become Twinkies U S PIRG research found that since 1995 17 billion in agricultural subsidies have gone to corn syrup and other junk food ingredients That s enough to buy 2 8 billion Twinkies and vastly more than has gone to apples and other fresh fruits and vegetables Keep Reading Result Food KIDS SCHOOL LUNCHES NOW SAFER For years America s schoolchildren have been eating beef chicken and other foods that would have been rejected as substandard even by fast food chains Thanks in part to our advocacy the USDA has stopped buying such low quality meat for school lunches Keep Reading Result Financial Reform A VICTORY FOR CONSUMERS OVER WALL STREET Even after the financial crisis lobbyists for the big banks and credit card companies furiously opposed pro consumer provisions in the Wall Street reform law We helped convince Congress to ignore them and create a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Keep Reading Result Public Health KIDS SCHOOL LUNCHES NOW SAFER For years America s schoolchildren have been eating beef chicken and other foods that would have been rejected as substandard even by fast food chains Thanks in part to our advocacy the U S D A has stopped buying such low quality meat for school lunches Keep Reading Pages 1 2 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund and the Frontier Group Tax Following the Money 2016 Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation Highway Boondoggles 2 Twelve proposed highway projects across the country slated to cost at least 24 billion exemplify the need for a fresh approach to transportation spending Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland For 30 years PennPIRG Education Fund has conducted an annual survey of toy safety which has led to over 150 recalls and other regulatory actions over the years and has helped educate the public and policymakers on the need for continued action to protect the health and wellbeing of children Keep Reading Report U S PIRG Education Fund Democracy Boosting the Impact of Small Donors What if our campaign finance system encouraged candidates to raise money from everyday citizens making small contributions This report examines how the 2016 fundraising picture would look if a small donor campaign finance system were in place where small contributions were matched with limited public funds for candidates who agree to turn down large contributions Keep Reading Report US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Mortgages and Mortgage Complaints Our sixth report analyzing complaints in the CFPB s Public Consumer Complaint Database evaluates mortgage complaints the number one source of complaints to the CFPB totaling 38 of nearly 500 000 complaints posted since 2011 Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last

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  • Transportation | PennPIRG
    country including Pennsylvania s continue to spend billions each year on new and wider highways Read more about Pittsburgh Region Mon Fayette Expressway Proposal Makes National List of Highway Boondoggles Wastes 1 7 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars Red Light for Highway Boondoggles Tuesday January 19 2016 By Sean Doyle Transportation Digital Organizer Across the country states are poised to spend billions of dollars on wasteful highway projects new construction and expansions exhausting limited funds that could be better spent on repair and maintenance or put toward critical investment in transit biking and pedestrian options that better meet current and future needs Transportation Read more about Red Light for Highway Boondoggles Report PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation Highway Boondoggles 2 Twelve proposed highway projects across the country slated to cost at least 24 billion exemplify the need for a fresh approach to transportation spending Read more about Highway Boondoggles 2 Pulling a FAST one on our Transportation Future Friday December 4 2015 By Sean Doyle Transportation Digital Organizer For the first time in a decade and after roughly three dozen short term extensions Congress has pulled together and passed a transportation funding law lasting longer than two years There is only one problem the new law is the wrong deal for the country Transportation Read more about Pulling a FAST one on our Transportation Future Millennials Want More Public Transportation Thursday November 12 2015 By Sean Doyle Transportation Digital Organizer A new poll shows that access to public transportation is very important for Millennials in considering where to live and where to work The results support our research over the past few years that found Millennials are driving less than older generations and are more prone to walk bike or take transit to get where they need to go Transportation Read more

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  • All Americans Deserve Clean Air to Breathe, On Earth Day and Every Day | PennPIRG
    states and cities across the country that are already measuring and actively working to reduce emissions from transportation California Oregon Massachusetts Seattle Chicago and Minneapolis are among the places already acting and setting examples for how this can be done 6 Despite the environmental and public health costs there are voices opposed to measuring and reducing carbon pollution Already the American Road and Transportation Builders Association has come out opposing this proposal 7 There will also likely be opposition from a number of state DOTs that don t want to be held accountable for the public health and climate impacts of their transportation decisions But we know that the American public broadly supports this rule In fact most people would probably be surprised to hear that most state DOTs and local transportation planning organizations don t already measure greenhouse gas pollution or set targets for reducing such pollution If we are serious about protecting public health and reaching our national climate goals we have to reduce greenhouse gas pollution from the transportation sector We applaud the U S DOT for starting the conversation on this issue and support a final rule requiring all local transportation planning organizations to measure and work to reduce emissions from transportation All Americans deserve clean air to breathe and a transportation system that is clean and efficient on Earth Day and every day of the year 1 Union of Concerned Scientists Cars Trucks and Air Pollution December 5 2014 2 Atmospheric Environment Journal Air pollution and early deaths in the United States Part I Quantifying the impact of major sectors in 2005 May 31 2013 3 Nature Climate Change Climate and health impacts of US emissions reductions consistent with 2 C February 22 2016 4 U S EPA U S Transportation Sector Greenhouse Gas Emissions

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  • Sean Doyle | PennPIRG
    for two years primarily focused on public health and solid waste issues During his time with ConnPIRG he helped pass a landmark recycling bill that will double recycling in Connecticut by 2024 He has also directed two door to door citizen outreach offices based in Hartford CT Sean gradutated from Boston College in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in biology Full staff list Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods 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 Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of the hottest political issues of the day from fighting the overuse of antibiotics on factory farms to promoting campaign finance reform and tackling Citizens United improving voter access for students and underrepresented communities and advocating for a 21st century transportation system Job Description Take Action Donate Join Us Priority Action We re teaming up with big restaurant chains to stop the overuse of antibiotics on factory

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  • Consumer Protection | PennPIRG
    Digital Campaigner Last Week Tonight with John Oliver explained how credit reports play a surprisingly large role in our lives but even more surprising is how often they contain critical mistakes John Oliver helps credit bureaus see why this is a problem and that Judy still hasn t been able to resolve her mixed up identity Consumer Protection Read more about John Oliver Takes Aim At Credit Reports In Last Week Tonight Time To Defend CFPB as Senate Banking Committee Aims Sights at It Wednesday April 6 2016 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director UPDATED 12 April The Senate Banking Committee held a stacked hearing on Assessing Consumer Regulations yesterday 5 April although our one pro consumer witness and pro CFPB Senators defended consumer protection ably as three industry backed witnesses and their supporters on the committee had a great deal of trouble proving their case that the CFPB should be dismantled Tomorrow morning 7 April CFPB Director Richard Cordray will present the statutory Semi Annual Report of the CFPB to the committee We submitted a statement to be entered into the hearing record as did other Americans for Financial Reform coalition members Consumer Protection Read more about Time To Defend CFPB as Senate Banking Committee Aims Sights at It What is payday lending Monday April 4 2016 By Kathryn Lee Digital Campaigner We are a leading member of Americans for Financial Reform a coalition that was instrumental in the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB by Congress in 2010 The CFPB is currently working on a rule to reign in the payday lending industry We along with AFR are working to make sure the rule is a strong one Consumer Protection Read more about What is payday lending Lowering your APR might be easier than you think Monday April 4 2016 By Kathryn Lee Digital Campaigner Many Americans are walking around with a balance on their credit card because of high interest rates or annual percentage rate APR charges for unpaid balances It s best to pay off your balance in full but if you don t or can t a higher APR makes your debit grow faster What most people don t realize is this APR can be negotiated to a lower rate Consumer Protection Read more about Lowering your APR might be easier than you think News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Financial Reform More Than 100 Groups Insist on No Riders in Spending Legislation The day before the White House is expected to release its fiscal year 2017 budget proposal a coalition of more than 100 groups including U S PIRG sent a letter calling on President Barack Obama and all 535 members of Congress to oppose any federal appropriations bill that contains ideological policy riders Read more about More Than 100 Groups Insist on No Riders in Spending Legislation 100 Groups Oppose Provisions That Threaten Public Protections Monday February 8 2016 By Mike Litt Consumer Program Advocate The White House is expected

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  • Make VW Pay | PennPIRG
    emission scandal Keep Reading about Leading Groups Send Criteria for Evaluating VW Settlement News Release U S PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Make VW Pay Leading Groups Send Criteria for Evaluating VW Settlement Four leading consumer environmental and public health organizations wrote an open letter in advance of the April 21 st deadline set by U S District Judge Charles R Breyer for a proposal that deals with Volkswagen s emission scandal Read more about Leading Groups Send Criteria for Evaluating VW Settlement 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 Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign for Safe Energy Democracy For The People Stop the Highway Boondoggles Close Corporate Tax Loopholes Making Health Care Work Protecting Consumers Label GMO Foods 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 Our Federation Featured Position PennPIRG Internship Work on some of

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