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  • Stop Highway Boondoggles | PennPIRG
    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 Keep Reading Video Blog Consumer Protection John Oliver Takes Aim At Credit Reports In Last Week Tonight 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 Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last News Release U S PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Make VW Pay Transportation Framework for VW Settlement Announced Statement by Mike Litt Consumer Program Advocate at U S PIRG Education Fund on todays announced VW settlement For more details on what a strong settlement agreement ought to look like please see the open letter that we released earlier this week with other consumer and environmental groups Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Public Health Food Taco Bell Moves Away From Chicken Raised on Medically Important Antibiotics Taco Bell will no longer serve chicken raised on medically important antibiotics in U S locations starting in 2017 The announcement was included in a release from Taco Bell s parent company Yum Brands and comes amid widespread consumer demand and concern from the medical community about the overuse of antibiotics on livestock and poultry Taco Bell s announcement will put major market pressure on the meat industry to stop overusing antibiotics and should push its partner brands KFC and Pizza Hut to have stronger commitments as well Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection The Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule for Investment Advice U S PIRG federal legislative director Jerry Slominski on The Release of the Department of Labor Fiduciary Rule for Investment Advice Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Result Health Care Young People Now Covered This

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/issues/pap/stop-highway-boondoggles (2016-04-27)
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  • Democracy For The People | PennPIRG
    Release Democracy PennPIRG Applauds Governor Wolf s Action Promoting Online Voter Registration Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund and Demos Democracy The Dominance of Big Money in the 2014 Congressional Elections In 2014 large donors accounted for the vast majority of all individual federal election contributions this cycle just as they have in previous elections Seven of every 10 individual contribution dollars to the federal candidates parties PACs and Super PACs that were active in the 2013 2014 election cycle came from donors who gave 200 or more Candidates alone got 84 percent of their individual contributions from large donors Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Democracy Big Money Dominates in Congressional Primaries Our analysis of fund raising data from 2014 s congressional primaries examines the way these dynamics are playing out state by state across the country While some states show markedly more inequity than others the picture painted by the data is of a primary money race where large donors carry more weight than ordinary Americans Nationwide just under two thirds of all candidate contributions came from the largest donors those giving over 1 000 And fewer than 5 500 large donors matched the primary contributions coming from at least 440 000 donors nationwide Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Democracy ON DAY OF ORAL ARGUMENT IN MCCUTCHEON V FEC GROUPS GATHER TO PUSH BACK ON BIG MONEY IN POLITICS DEMAND SOLUTIONS Today PennPIRG The Sierra Club UFCW 1776 Local Common Cause Philly Rootstrikers WolfPAC JustLaws and State Representative Mark Cohen gathered at the James A Byrne Courthouse to push back on the power of big money in elections as the U S Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v FEC Advocates say the case would further increase the electoral clout of a few large donors Keep Reading Pages 1 2 3 4 5 next last News Release Democracy PennPIRG Applauds Governor Wolf s Action Promoting Online Voter Registration Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Democracy ON DAY OF ORAL ARGUMENT IN MCCUTCHEON V FEC GROUPS GATHER TO PUSH BACK ON BIG MONEY IN POLITICS DEMAND SOLUTIONS Today PennPIRG The Sierra Club UFCW 1776 Local Common Cause Philly Rootstrikers WolfPAC JustLaws and State Representative Mark Cohen gathered at the James A Byrne Courthouse to push back on the power of big money in elections as the U S Supreme Court today heard oral arguments in McCutcheon v FEC Advocates say the case would further increase the electoral clout of a few large donors Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Democracy New Report Shows Impact of Big Money in the 2012 Election 32 Super PAC Mega Donors Match Total Giving of 3 7 Million Presidential Campaign Small Donors Nearly Half of TV Ads in Presidential Race Funded by Dark Money Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Democracy Philadelphia Organizations Citizens and Elected Officials Hold Press Conference and Rally to Overturn Citizens United Today at a press conference and rally a diverse coalition of more than 20 organizations elected officials faith groups

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  • Democracy | PennPIRG
    small donors to the major party presidential candidates Read more about Distorted Democracy The Post Election Edition Report PennPIRG and Demos Democracy Distorted Democracy Big Money and Dark Money in the 2012 Elections The third release in the Million Dollar Megaphones series of analyses by PennPIRG and Demos on the role of big money in the 2012 elections Read more about Distorted Democracy Big Money and Dark Money in the 2012 Elections Report U S PIRG Education Fund and Demos Democracy MILLION DOLLAR MEGAPHONES Super PACs continue to be tools used by a small number of wealthy individuals and institutions to dominate the political process Read more about MILLION DOLLAR MEGAPHONES News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Democracy Vast Majority of PA College IDs Not Valid for Voting April 12 PHILADELPHIA A recent study released today by PennPIRG and a broad coalition of voter protection groups found that Pennsylvania s new photo ID voting law could potentially disenfranchise more than 80 of the state s college students Read more about Vast Majority of PA College IDs Not Valid for Voting MAKING SUPER PACS ILLEGAL Wednesday March 21 2012 By Alana Miller Program Associate A new Washington Post ABC News poll shows that almost 7 out of 10 voters believe that super PACs the independent expenditure only committees created in the wake of the Supreme Court s disastrous Citizens United decision should be illegal Super PACs are not responsible for all problems with American democracy however they do amplify those troubles so it is no surprise that the public is crying out in opposition to them Democracy Read more about MAKING SUPER PACS ILLEGAL Report PennPIRG Education Fund Democracy Business Spending on Super PACs Contrary to the Supreme Court s Citizens United ruling for profit businesses should not be permitted to spend

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/topics/democracy?page=1 (2016-04-27)
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  • Democracy | PennPIRG
    case which opened the floodgates to corporate spending on elections this report takes a hard look at the lobbying activities of profitable Fortune 500 companies that exploit loopholes and distort the tax code to avoid billions of dollars in taxes Read more about Representation Without Taxation News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Democracy Tax Thirty Fortune 500 Companies Paid More to Lobby Congress Than They Did in Federal Income Taxes PennPIRG Study Shows PHILADELPHIA Jan 18 With the second anniversary approaching of the Supreme Court s decision in the Citizens United case which opened the floodgates to corporate spending on elections PennPIRG and Citizens for Tax Justice reveal 30 corporations that spent more to lobby Congress than they did in taxes Read more about Thirty Fortune 500 Companies Paid More to Lobby Congress Than They Did in Federal Income Taxes PennPIRG Study Shows News Release PennPIRG Democracy Citizens United Supreme Court Opinion Widens Corporate Personhood Rights WASHINGTON Jan 21 Today s U S Supreme Court decision in Citizen s United vs Federal Election Commission will significantly expand the role that the most powerful corporations play in election financing Read more about Citizens United Supreme Court Opinion Widens Corporate Personhood Rights Reducing political access of powerful interests Tuesday February 13 2007 By The new Congress deserves credit for quickly and strongly responding to the scandals of last year by passing sweeping changes to the rules that will reduce the special access of wealthy and powerful interests in Washington It was a critical first step We now urge you to finish the job by supporting legislation that will ensure that the new rules will be adequately enforced Today we ask you to be a co sponsor legislation introduced by Sens Lieberman Collins and Obama to enforce the rules Democracy Read more about Reducing

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/topics/democracy?page=2 (2016-04-27)
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  • PennPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    annual report on this year s most dangerous toys Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland Holiday shopping season is upon us once again As a parent relative or friend shopping for toys for the children in your life can be a challenge We don t always know if the gifts will be a hit but the one thing we count on is that the toys we purchase are safe Thanks to the hard work of agencies like the Consumer Product Safety Commission CPSC and consumer advocates like U S PIRG that s largely true But as our toy shopping researchers have found that s not always the case Keep Reading Media Hit Budget Transportation Post Gazette Group urges caution in deploying red light cameras On the heels of the state Senate s passage of a bill allowing red light enforcement cameras in Pittsburgh and 18 other cities a public interest group has warned against using the cameras as cash cows rather than to promote safety Keep Reading Media Hit Budget Transportation Inquirer Despite warnings Pa Senate votes to expand red light camera program State and local governments should be wary of red light camera systems because they can be used primarily as revenue schemes not safety devices the U S Public Interest Research Group said Thursday Keep Reading Media Hit Budget Transportation Post Gazette Group urges caution on cameras for red light enforcement A public interest group today issued a report recommending that governments exercise caution in deploying automated red light enforcement cameras at intersections Keep Reading Pages first previous 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 next last Report U S PIRG Health Care The 3 Trillion Dollar Question Without health care reform the United States is projected to spend over 40 trillion on health care in the next decade Experts estimate that thirty percent of that spending up to 12 trillion dollars will be wasted on ineffective care pointless red tape and counterproductive treatments that can actually harm patients Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Health Care The Small Business Dilemma When it comes to health care American small business owners are getting a raw deal While the current insurance marketplace offers some options to larger employers it too often leaves small business owners on the outside looking in They face unpredictable changes in costs and far too often they are forced to choose between covering employees and the very survival of their businesses Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Health Care Health Care in Crisis Unless the new Congress and Administration act to reduce health care costs the yearly cost of the average employer paid family health policy in America is projected to more than double from 11 794 in 2006 to 26 879 by 2016 even after adjusting for inflation If recent trends continue wages and household incomes will simply not keep up with these high costs Nor will the business sector be immune to this crisis Unchecked this cost

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/home?page=15 (2016-04-27)
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  • PennPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    News Release PennPIRG Education Fund and ITEP Budget Tax Report Shows Pennsylvania Corporations Paying Few State Taxes A comprehensive new study from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy finds that 68 of 265 consistently profitable Fortune 500 corporations paid no state corporate income tax in at least one of the last three years 20 of these corporations averaged a tax rate of zero or less during the 2008 2010 period Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Consumer Protection Survey Finds Toxic or Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America s store shelves according to Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group s 26th annual Trouble in Toyland report Keep Reading Pages first previous 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund Do Roads Pay for Themselves Highway advocates often claim that roads pay for themselves with gasoline taxes and other charges to motorists covering or nearly covering the full cost of highway construction and maintenance They are wrong Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Trouble In Toyland The 2010 Trouble in Toyland report is the 25th annual PennPIRG survey of toy safety In this report PennPIRG 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 PennPIRG Education Fund Health Care The Young Person s Guide to Health Insurance Starting this year under the new health care law young people will gain access to new previously unavailable health insurance options To make the most of those new choices you need to learn the facts This guide is designed to help you do that Keep Reading Report PennPIRG 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 PennPIRG Education Fund Health Care Delivering on the Promise The recently passed federal health care reform law will make significant changes in how health insurance and health care work for consumers businesses and local and state governments as well as how insurers and providers operate But whether Americans experience improved care lower costs and greater access depends largely on what happens next Keep Reading Pages first previous 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 next last Blog Post Transportation Red light camera testimony Phineas Baxandall The analysis below discusses four types of public protections that should be included in any enabling legislation for red light camera programs We discuss specific recommendations for best

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/home?page=13 (2016-04-27)
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  • PennPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    as if every consumer has an airline problem story how they were trapped on the tarmac tricked by fees missed their connection or lost their bag What many consumers don t know is that they have a number of new rights as well as a right to complain both to the airline and to the government This report tracks five years of consumer complaints and highlights which airlines received the most complaints and what kinds of complaints were most common Keep Reading Pages first previous 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 next last Media Hit Consumer Protection Inquirer Bank elsewhere to avoid fees With its latest fee Bank of America has made the decision to balance its books on the backs of its customers instead of changing its business model to be more consumer friendly Bank of America to charge 5 debit card fee Friday Chase and Wells Fargo are also testing a 3 debit card fee in certain markets Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading News Release Budget Food Ag Subsidies Pay for 19 Twinkies per Taxpayer But Only a Quarter of an Apple Apiece Philadelphia PA Federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per taxpayer every year according to Apples to Twinkies a new report by PennPIRG Meanwhile limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy less than a quarter of an apple per taxpayer Keep Reading Pages first previous 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 next last 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 Make

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  • New Report Outlines Problems with Red-Light and Speed Cameras | PennPIRG
    contracts Traffic engineering alternatives such as lengthening yellow lights are often the best way to reduce injuries from red light running However those solutions too often get ignored because contractors and sometimes municipalities are more focused on increasing revenue from tickets Earlier this week the Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill that would expand red light cameras to 19 cities around the state despite worries about the effectiveness of the program in Philadelphia The report recommends stronger guidelines to ensure that automated traffic enforcement programs must focus on improving road safety rather than ticket revenue Deals between local governments and traffic camera vendors should Put public safety first in decisions regarding enforcement of traffic laws this includes evaluating privatized law enforcement camera systems against alternative options without regard to potential revenues Ensure that contract language is free from potential conflicts of interest Avoid direct or indirect incentives for vendors that are based on the volume of tickets or fines Retain public control over traffic policy and engineering decisions including cancelling contracts if the public is dissatisfied Ensure that the process of contracting with vendors is completely open with ample opportunity for public participation and each ticket listing where to find online data about automated ticketing for each intersection We are lucky that Pennsylvania hasn t yet seen the controversy and lawsuits over red light cameras found in states like California and Texas Looking at the growth of this industry around the country and the Senate s recent decision we want to learn from problems elsewhere to prevent them in Pennsylvania said Miller 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

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