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  • Michael Roles | PennPIRG
    served as the Vice President for Policy with the Environment Council of Rhode Island where he coordinated legislative policy and promoted grassroots solutions to climate change adaptation and mitigation He is the 2014 recipient of the National Conservation Achievement Award for Youth Leadership and brings with him his drive to mobilize communities as informers of smart policy 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 farms Call on KFC

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    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 Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Media Hit Transportation 12 of America s Biggest Highway Boondoggles Given that expanding highways at great public cost doesn t improve rush hour traffic there are better ways to spend this money argue report authors Jeff Inglis of Frontier Group and John C Olivieri of U S PIRG They identify a dozen road projects costing 24 billion in all that are representative of the problem Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation Pittsburgh Region Mon Fayette Expressway Proposal Makes National List of Highway Boondoggles Wastes 1 7 Billion in Taxpayer Dollars The new study details how despite America s massive repair and maintenance backlog and in defiance of America s changing transportation needs state governments across the country including Pennsylvania s continue to spend billions each year on new and wider highways Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Letter to Congress 212 Groups Call On You To Oppose HR 4018 and Support a Strong Payday Rule Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Public Health Medical Professionals Call for Action to Save Antibiotics Nearly six hundred medical and health care professionals from across the nation are calling on major restaurant chains to set strong antibiotics policies that protect public health Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRGs Others Ask CFPB FTC To Investigate Experian T Mobile Data Breach In a letter sent today a number of state PIRGs and other leading privacy and consumer groups urged the CFPB and FTC to fully investigate the recent breach of an Experian subsidary that exposed 15 million T Mobile customer and applicant records to the threat of new account identity theft The letter asked whether the regulators could require Experian and the other two nationwide credit bureaus TransUnion and Equifax to give victims free security freezes to protect their credit reports Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last 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 Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 Report PENNPIRG Education Fund Budget Following the Money 2015 Every year state governments spend hundreds of billions of dollars through contracts for goods and services subsidies

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    fiscal year 2017 budget proposal tomorrow U S PIRG and various state PIRGs joined a coalition of more than 100 groups that sent the following 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 Blog Post Financial Reform CFPB Criticizes Banks Re Account Opening and Overdrafts Offers Consumer Tips Ed Mierzwinski Today the CFPB is holding a field hearing in Louisville on problems consumers face when opening bank accounts It finds that big banks frequently offer consumers expensive accounts where they risk overdraft fees instead of affordable accounts Further the CFPB finds that the practices of specialty bad check credit bureaus make it harder to open accounts The CFPB issued warnings to both the banks and credit bureaus while providing consumers with new tips and advice Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last News Release PennPIRG Consumer Protection PennPIRG Demands Real Penalties for Volkswagen and Full Rebates for Customers Today PennPIRG demanded that Volkswagen be held fully accountable for its defeat device scheme to trick EPA pollution tests The group also called for full rebates to the nearly 500 000 customers deceived into joining the scheme by VW s false promises of clean diesel cars Keep Reading News Release Democracy PennPIRG Applauds Governor Wolf s Action Promoting Online Voter Registration Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection Over 7 000 Comments Submitted to Department of Labor Every year over 17 billion is lost from retirement savings to fees and charges according to the Council of Economic Advisors Today we submitted over 7 000 PIRG member comments urging the U S Department of Labor to finalize a strong rule requiring retirement advisors to put the interests of their customers first We also submitted a detailed expert comment of our own in the important conflicted advice rulemaking Keep Reading News Release US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Top 10 List How the CFPB Works for Consumers The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB turns 4 on July 21st To celebrate and increase public awareness of the agency U S PIRG Education Fund released a new webpage Meet the CFPB Just Ten of the Ways It Works for You Keep Reading News Release US PIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection New Report Mortgage Problems Rank 1 at CFPB for Consumer Complaints Mortgage problems were the top source of complaints to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB according to a report released today by the U S PIRG Education Fund The report also found that Bank of America was the most complained about company in 45 states and Washington D C for mortgage problems It s the sixth in a series of our reports analyzing nearly 500 000 complaints posted to the CFPB s Public Consumer Complaint Database Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund Democracy

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    maintenance backlog and in defiance of America s changing transportation needs state governments across the country including Pennsylvania s continue to spend billions each year on new and wider highways Keep Reading Blog Post Transportation Red Light for Highway Boondoggles Sean Doyle 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 Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection We Commend CFPB For Adding Consumer Stories To Public Complaint Database Yesterday the CFPB published the first batch 7 700 of consumer narratives or stories to the Public Consumer Complaint Database it began in 2011 We ve used the database to publish five reports so far analyzing complaint trends in markets ranging from credit cards to student loans but we have also long urged the voluntary addition of stories to the data fields Now consumers can learn if what happened to them happened to anyone else Now researchers can track which banks are more responsive to particular problems and which ignore their customers A good resource is now an excellent resource Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection How Companies Turn Your Facebook Activity Into a Credit Score This story in The Nation explains our work challenging the way data brokers use black box or secret algorithms to make scoring decisions that may violate the law and deny credit opportunities This work was also the subject of our recent livestream event featuring Professor Frank Pasquale and his new book The Black Box Society We ve now posted an archive of that event in 3 chapters on our Youtube page Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRG Commends Supporters of Duckworth Amendment to Protect Our Troops From High Cost Loans Last night on a 32 30 bipartisan vote the House Armed Services Committee supported the Tammy Duckworth IL amendment to strike language from the National Defense Authorization Act that would have delayed Pentagon proposed improvements to the Military Lending Act of 2007 It s a critical victory for servicemembers veterans and their families although the fight to protect our troops from high cost loans will continue Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection PIRG Commends Release of Labor Dept s Proposed Rule To End Conflicted Retirement Advice PIRG today commended the public release of the Department of Labor s proposed rule that would strengthen the ability for Americans to save for retirement by addressing conflicts of interest that arise when brokers and financial advisers give retirement advice Wall Street will fight the rule hard because it requires them to put consumers first Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Budget NEW REPORT Pennsylvania Receives B in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending

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    All I want for Christmas is responsibly raised meat Anya Vanecek I don t want a lot for Christmas there is just one thing I need Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last 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 Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection FCC NET NEUTRALITY ORDER PROTECTS THE OPEN INTERNET Today the FCC took not one but two critical actions to make sure that the Internet works for everybody First it issued a Net Neutrality order guaranteeing a free and open Internet This Internet freedom order will prevent the phone and cable companies from granting fast lanes or other preferences to already powerful firms The FCC also acted to override state laws that prevented local governments from building out broadband networks to compete with the phone and cable companies Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Consumer Protection USPIRG Commends Department of Labor s Rule On Conflicted Retirement Advice Today we joined President Obama Senator Elizabeth Warren CFPB Director Rich Cordray Labor Secretary Tom Perez and others at AARP as the President announced his strong support for a proposed Labor Department rule to close loopholes and to require Wall Street and other financial advisors to put consumers first when they give retirement advice Wall Street has already launched a misleading attack Read more to see our statement supporting the proposal which will put billions of dollars back into retirement accounts Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Public Health Some Good Some Bad in Obama Executive Order on Protecting Antibiotics Today President Barack Obama issued an Executive Order Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria While the order takes several important steps necessary to control the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria it misses the opportunity to call for critical reforms in the agricultural sector that are essential to protect public health Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation Report Shows PA Urbanized Areas Driving Less Using Transit and Alternatives More A first of its kind report by PennPIRG Education Fund shows reduced driving miles and rates of car commuting in Pennsylvania s urbanized areas including Pittsburgh and Harrisburg and greater use of public transit and biking Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund Public Health Food Safety Scares 2013 Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Private Loans Public Complaints This report is the second of several that will

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    to stop the overuse antibiotics on large industrial farms Keep Reading Blog Post Public Health Food Predictable Problems in the FDA Annual Report Bill Wenzel Not only did the FDA s voluntary Guidance for Industry 213 not lower the sale and use of antibiotics for food producing animals these sales actually increased 4 Keep Reading Blog Post Financial Reform House Committee Launches Trojan Horse Assault On State Privacy Laws Ed Mierzwinski This afternoon Tuesday 8 December the U S House Financial Services Committee launches a massive attack on state privacy laws Hidden inside a seemingly modest proposal to establish federal data breach notice requirements is a Trojan Horse provision designed to to take state consumer cops off the privacy beat completely and forever That s wrong because the states have always been key first responders and leaders on privacy threats that Congress has ignored from credit report accuracy and identity theft to data breaches and do not call lists Keep Reading Blog Post Public Health The Phantom and Other Menaces Anya Vanecek In the midst of warnings that the post antibiotic era is quickly approaching we see evidence that it has already arrived Keep Reading Pages first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next last 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 Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Survey Finds Dangerous Toys on Store Shelves Dangerous or toxic toys can still be found on America s store shelves according to U S Public Interest Research Group s 28th annual Trouble in Toyland report The survey of hazardous toys found that despite recent progress consumers must still be wary when shopping this holiday season Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Report In Pennsylvania Experian Gets Big Complaints Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection New Report Identifies Most Troublesome Private Lenders to Students 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 first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation A New Way to Go In a first of its kind study PennPIRG compiled nation wide evidence on transportation apps and vehicle sharing programs and found that these advanced new tools have made it easier for Americans to drive less Real time apps and on board wi fi for public

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    safety which examines toys bought at major national retailers looking for safety hazards including toxic toys choking hazards labeling violations powerful magnets and excessibely loud toys We continue to find these hazards on store shelves which indicates the need for continued vigilance and adequate enforcement of safety regulations But despite lingering dangers in the last 30 years we ve come a long way in terms of both policy and compliance with standards Keep Reading News Release U S PIRG Public Health Medical Professionals Call for Action to Save Antibiotics Nearly six hundred medical and health care professionals from across the nation are calling on major restaurant chains to set strong antibiotics policies that protect public health Keep Reading Pages first previous 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next last News Release PennPIRG Health Care TWENTY TOP GENERIC DRUGS DELAYED BY INDUSTRY PAYOFFS Too often consumers are forced to shoulder a heavy financial burden or even go without needed medicine due to the high cost of brand name drugs Our research indicates that one significant cause is the practice called pay for delay which inflates the drug prices paid by tens of millions of Americans Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Tax New Study 82 of Top 100 Companies Used Tax Havens in 2012 With Congress considering big cuts to public programs Penn PIRG released fresh evidence that the vast majority of large companies are dodging taxes by stashing money in offshore tax havens In a study of the top 100 publicly traded companies as measured by revenue the study reveals that 82 maintain subsidiaries in offshore tax havens Collectively the companies report holding nearly 1 2 trillion offshore with 15 companies accounting for two thirds of the offshore cash Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Food Tax Ag Subsidies Pay for 20 Twinkies Per Taxpayer but Only Half of an Apple Apiece Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup at a rate that would buy 20 Twinkies for each taxpayer every year according to PennPIRG s new report Apples to Twinkies 2013 Meanwhile subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy just one half of an apple per taxpayer per year Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation New Study Finds Technology Enabling Americans to Drive Less In a first of its kind study PennPIRG compiled nation wide evidence on transportation apps and vehicle sharing programs and found that these advanced new tools have made it easier for Americans to drive less Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Pages first previous 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next last

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    How Deadly are Your State s Roads Sean Doyle A new report by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute shows which states have the safest and most dangerous roads Here s how the states rank and what we can do about it Keep Reading Pages first previous 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next last News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Financial Reform New Report Identifies Banks Consumers Complain About Most Thousands of Americans are using the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau s public Consumer Complaints Database to settle disputes with their banks according to a new report from the PennPIRG Education Fund The report highlights banks that generated the most complaints through their various banking services in each state Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation New Report Shows Pennsylvanians Are Driving Less Pennsylvanians have cut their per person driving miles by 10 4 percent since 2005 while the nation s long term driving boom appears to have ended according to a new report from PennPIRG This decline is significantly higher than the national average of 6 87 Pennsylvania is one of 9 states and the District of Columbia to have a double digit reduction in per person driving miles Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Public Health Advocates Call On EPA for Increased Chemical Safety Security Activists gathered outside the EPA Region 3 offices in Philadelphia to release Danger In Our Backyards The Threat of Chemical Facilities to Millions a report that highlights two Philadelphia area plants as posing significant threats to public safety More than five million people live near a high risk Pennsylvania chemical plant Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Higher Ed Interest Rates for 374 328 Student Loan Borrowers in Pennsylvania Set to Double on July 1 According to an issue brief released today by PennPIRG the upcoming increase in the student loan interest rate would hike the cost of Pennsylvania students loans by 358 million That translates into a 956 increase in debt per student per loan Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Pennsylvania Receives a B in Annual Report on Transparency of Government Spending March 26 Pennsylvania received a B when it comes to government spending transparency according to Following the Money 2013 How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data the fourth annual report of its kind by the PennPIRG Education Fund Keep Reading Pages first previous 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next last Report PennPIRG and the PFAW Foundation Democracy Outside Spending Outsized Influence The 2012 elections were by far the most expensive in history thanks primarily to the tidal wave of outside special interest money triggered by the Supreme Court s Citizens United decision The federal Senate and House races in Pennsylvania where outside groups spent nearly 12 million were no exception Keep Reading Report PennPIRG and Demos Democracy Billion Dollar Democracy The first presidential election since Citizens United lived up

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