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  • Transportation | PennPIRG
    about Youth Drive Less Desire More Transportation Options House Transportation Bill Strikes First as Tragedy Then as Dangerous Farce Monday February 6 2012 By Alana Miller Phineas Baxandall With much fanfare and 854 days late the U S House last week introduced bills to fund our nation s transportation system for the next five years The new rules for spending 260 billion over five years would be tilted more toward highways with less going to buses rail biking and pedestrian trails Given the nation s urgent need to reduce our addiction to oil that in itself would have been a tragedy Transportation Read more about House Transportation Bill Strikes First as Tragedy Then as Dangerous Farce News Release PennPIRG Transportation House Proposal Threatens to Defund Public Transportation PHILADELPHIA Feb 2 The House Ways and Means Committee proposal to deprive transit of a dedicated funding source is a reckless move that would take America in exactly the wrong direction Read more about House Proposal Threatens to Defund Public Transportation News Release PennPIRG Transportation Latest House Transportation Bill is a Step Backwards PHILADELPHIA Feb 1 America needs serious transportation reform While the recent Senate transportation bill failed to move the ball forward on needed transportation reform today s House bill takes big strides in the wrong direction And by funding future spending with revenue from increased oil drilling that won t materialize for several years it is clear that the House bill is just a political stunt Read more about Latest House Transportation Bill is a Step Backwards Issue Budget Consumer Protection Transportation Protecting Public Assets Road parking and other privatization proposals offer a hard to resist quick fix for state budget and transportation challenges But poorly conceived privatization deals can have hidden costs and big potential downsides for the public Read

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  • Transportation | PennPIRG
    of the month Gov Tom Corbett s newly appointed privatization council is expected to convene for its first meeting When it does it will have a broad mandate Members will look across the entire spectrum of state functions to find potential savings Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley said Read more about Central Penn Business Journal Judge privatization panel on results supporters say Media Hit Budget Transportation Report ranks PA bridges worst in country Philadelphia A recent report ranks Pennsylvania number one in the nation for its number of structurally deficient bridges The Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group published the study saying more than 26 percent of the state s bridges are rated structurally deficient Group associate Alana Miller says the state should focus on fixing existing bridges rather than building new ones Read more about Report ranks PA bridges worst in country Media Hit Budget Transportation Keeping turnpike helps One benefit of publicly held capacity is that it can be redeployed to other public needs in case of emergencies like extreme weather events If the Pennsylvania Turnpike had been privatized last year the private operator wouldn t likely have sacrificed their shareholders interests by lending critical machinery and crews to help municipalities after the storm Cheers Jeers Flood woes Sept 17 Read more about Keeping turnpike helps News Release Budget Transportation Data Shows Pennsylvania s Bridges Are Worst in the Country on Eve of Obama Bridge Speech PHILADELPHIA Sept 22 With President Obama calling for robust investments in repairing America s crumbling roads and bridges today PennPIRG released data documenting the number of structurally deficient bridges in the state Read more about Data Shows Pennsylvania s Bridges Are Worst in the Country on Eve of Obama Bridge Speech Report PennPIRG Education Fund Budget Transportation Fixing It First America s infrastructure is

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  • Transportation | PennPIRG
    PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation Mad Men Make Online Pitch for High Speed Rail WASHINGTON March 9 Two lead actors from the hit television show Mad Men throw their support behind high speed rail in a humorous new online video posted today on Funnyordie com The actors and U S PIRG a national advocacy organization developed the video in conjunction with the popular online video site as a way to reach new audiences and build excitement for high speed rail projects around the country Read more about Mad Men Make Online Pitch for High Speed Rail Media Hit Budget Transportation Pennsylvania should proceed with caution when it comes to privatizing its infrastructure Cash strapped governments across Pennsylvania are struggling to plug holes blown in their budgets by the economic downturn while the state s infrastructure remains in desperate need of maintenance and repair Pennsylvania s Legislature must address our transportation funding crisis but it must proceed with caution Vital public assets should be operated for the public interest Read more about Pennsylvania should proceed with caution when it comes to privatizing its infrastructure Report PennPIRG Education Fund Budget Transportation Private Roads Public Costs Road privatization is a growing issue in the United States as politicians and transportation officials grapple with budget shortfalls Toll road privatization takes two forms the lease of existing toll roads to private operators and the construction of new roads by private entities In both instances private investors are granted the right to raise and collect toll revenue a right that can amount to billions of dollars in profits for the shareholders Read more about Private Roads Public Costs News Release Budget Transportation Leasing the turnpike would be like signing up for an HMO for 75 years The proposed contract to privatize the Pennsylvania Turnpike is available on the Internet but most people won t read one word of the 686 page document Not only is its length intimidating but it begins with 21 pages of specialized definitions such as compensation event cross referenced to other parts of the contract Might as well post a Keep Out sign Read more about Leasing the turnpike would be like signing up for an HMO for 75 years Media Hit Budget Transportation Read the fine print The proposed contract to privatize the Pennsylvania Turnpike is available on the Internet but most people won t read one word of the 686 page document Not only is its length intimidating but it begins with 21 pages of specialized definitions such as compensation event cross referenced to other parts of the contract Might as well post a Keep Out sign Read more about Read the fine print Transportation Funding Testimony Monday September 18 2006 By In brief the PennPIRG Education Fund is advocating that the Commission recommend the expansion of existing revenue streams for public transit such as the real estate transfer tax the tire tax and the rental car tax as well as developing new funding mechanisms such as a transportation impact fee

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  • Transportation | PennPIRG
    the proposed contract These costs need to be brought into the discussion Transportation Read more about Testimony on Potential Lease of the PA Turnpike Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 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 farms Call on KFC to stop selling meat raised on routine antibiotics ADD YOUR VOICE Support Us Your donation supports PennPIRG s work to stand up for consumers on the issues

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  • Blog | PennPIRG
    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 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 Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last More 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

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  • Media | PennPIRG
    Your Facebook Activity Into a Credit Score Media Hit Financial Reform Credit Bureaus Deal to Improve Accuracy Huge for Consumers Bloomberg Buying homes getting jobs and borrowing money will be easier after an agreement by the three biggest U S consumer credit reporting services with New York It s a sea change in the way the credit bureaus treat complaints said U S PIRG s Ed Mierzwinski The credit bureaus have been run by computers for years now They re going to have to hire more people and actually verify that what a creditor said is true Read more about Credit Bureaus Deal to Improve Accuracy Huge for Consumers Media Hit Consumer Protection Safety Group s Annual Report Lists Latest Unsafe Holiday Toys CBS News Philadelphia covers PennPIRG s release of the 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report Read more about Safety Group s Annual Report Lists Latest Unsafe Holiday Toys Media Hit Consumer Protection Financial Reform Consumer Financial Protection Bureau helps with bank complaints Since it started accepting complaints about banks 18 months ago the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has helped thousands of irate customers settle disputes over their accounts with roughly 1 out of 4 complaints resulting in monetary relief a just released analysis by a consumer group shows Read more about Consumer Financial Protection Bureau helps with bank complaints Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last More 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

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  • Results | PennPIRG
    KIDS SCHOOL LUNCHES NOW SAFER Result Health Care Young People Now Covered This year the federal health care reforms that PennPIRG worked to win have started to pay off for 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 Read more about Young People Now Covered 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 Read more about A VICTORY FOR CONSUMERS OVER WALL STREET 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 Read more about KIDS SCHOOL LUNCHES NOW SAFER Pages 1 2 next last More 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

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  • Leading Groups Send Criteria for Evaluating VW Settlement | PennPIRG
    partial fix is available the cars could get lower gas mileage and have weaker performance than promised and advertised and the Kelley Blue Book values will likely diminish further Full compensation is a buyback at full purchase price of the cars However VW should at least compensate owners 1 5 times the Kelley Bluebook value of the affected vehicles on the day before the scandal was discovered or publicized as NHTSA has ordered manufacturers in some other recalls to do Bought back cars that cannot be fully repaired to meet emission standards should be scrapped Mitigate environmental harm caused by scrapping cars Environmental harm caused by scrapping cars should be assessed and offset Assess large civil penalties The Clean Air Act sets a maximum penalty of 37 500 per car or over 18 billion in total penalties A large civil penalty will send a strong deterrent message to others not to violate the law VW should not be allowed tax write offs for any penalties Set up Supplemental Environmental Projects SEPs In addition to offsetting the NOx emissions directly attributable to the defeat devices and offsetting environmental harms caused by scrapping cars VW should set up Supplemental Environmental Projects SEPs Volkswagen would be motivated to work with the EPA to create a SEP which could offset a portion of the civil penalties while achieving concrete pollution reductions The SEP should direct a substantial amount of funds perhaps calculated on a per car basis to create a fund for state and local governments as well as private sector entities to implement projects to reduce pollution from on road vehicles and increase deployment of zero emission electric vehicles Any SEP should be above and beyond other remedies so automakers don t take the lesson that all they need to do to cure

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