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  • Financial Reform | PennPIRG
    Offers Consumer Tips Debating trade and consumer protection in Brussels today Tuesday January 26 2016 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director I am in Brussels today debating consumer protection and the proposed US European trade treaty known as the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership or TTIP Today s public event and a second public meeting tomorrow Wednesday with live webstream 9am noon DC time comparing the CFPB to its European counterparts are sponsored by the PIRG backed TransAtlantic Consumer Dialogue Financial Reform Read more about Debating trade and consumer protection in Brussels today House Committee Launches Trojan Horse Assault On State Privacy Laws Tuesday December 8 2015 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director 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 Financial Reform Read more about House Committee Launches Trojan Horse Assault On State Privacy Laws Privacy We ve Got Tips and Ideas For You Congress and Regulators Too Thursday October 29 2015 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director Problems with privacy and data security are all over the news these days We ve got you covered from releasing a new report and consumer tips on the security freeze today to testifying to Congress last week on payment card security and speaking on a panel at the FTC tomorrow on Internet lead generation what s that Oh and we re waiting for answers to our questions to the CFPB about the credit bureau Experian joining the ranks of the breached We ve been busy as we explain in this roundup blog entry Financial Reform Read more about Privacy We ve Got Tips and Ideas For You Congress and Regulators Too Resource Financial Reform Letter to CFPB FTC on Experian T Mobile Data Breach Following a breach of a subsidiary of the nationwide credit bureau Experian affecting 15 million customers and applicants of T Mobile a number of state PIRGs have joined other leading privacy and consumer groups in a request for investigations by the CFPB and FTC Keep Reading about Letter to CFPB FTC on Experian T Mobile Data Breach The More I Hear About OPM Data Breach The Less I Know Except This It s Bad Wednesday June 24 2015 By Ed Mierzwinski Consumer Program Director Was it 4 million 14 million or 18 million records breached how many times likely by Chinese hackers Whose fault was it The USOPM director says no one s Really Perhaps the worst data breach ever raises lots of questions but I haven t heard any good answers Federal employees their families their

    Original URL path: http://www.pennpirg.org/topics/financial-reform (2016-04-27)
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  • More Than 100 Groups Insist on No Riders in Spending Legislation | PennPIRG
    that the President would likely veto as standalone legislation the letter reads The American people support policies to restrain Wall Street abuses and ensure safe and healthy food and products to protect our air land water and wildlife to ensure safe and fair workplaces to prevent consumer rip offs and corporate wrongdoing to create fair rules of the road for our campaign finance system to provide access to justice and to ensure continued access to vital health care services Riders threaten to block or repeal these protections Last year hundreds of riders were proposed for inclusion in the omnibus spending legislation and in this year s budget process some members of Congress already have started to insist on them Even though the congressional leadership appears determined to return to regular order by passing 12 smaller spending bills instead of a last minute omnibus the threat of riders remains Among the concerns that the U S Public Interest Research Group U S PIRG has are rollbacks to Wall Street Reform and roadblocks to campaign finance reform Policy riders that were defeated last December and can t pass on their own are back like zombies They would hamstring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau which keeps Wall Street and other financial interests in check said Mike Litt U S PIRG s Consumer Program Advocate Congress should pass clean spending bills without riders that would further undermine our democracy in favor of special interest groups and mega donors said Dan Smith Democracy Campaign Director for U S PIRG 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

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  • PennPIRG | Standing Up To Powerful Interests
    data illustrating the size of this loss with 16 dramatic ways 150 billion could be spent Keep Reading Pages first previous 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 next last 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading News Release Tax House Finance Committee Holds Hearing on Combined Reporting to Level the Playing Field on Taxes PITTSBURGH Today the House Finance Committee held a hearing on combined reporting an accounting reform that would prevent multi state companies from shifting profits to out of state subsidiaries as a way to avoid Pennsylvania taxes Neighboring New York and West Virginia instituted this tax modernization last month Keep Reading Pages first previous 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 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

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  • Health Care | PennPIRG
    more about Supreme Court Upholds Health Reform Report PennPIRG Education Fund and Demos Health Care Pennsylvania lives at risk The United States Congress is currently considering so called regulatory reform legislation that would add new bureaucratic hurdles to stall and in some cases stop the creation of new safeguards and standards that hold corporations accountable and protect the public According to our analysis the result would be demonstrable harm for the people of Pennsylvania Read more about Pennsylvania lives at risk Result Health Care Young People Now Covered This year the federal health care reforms that U S PIRG 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 Issue Health Care Making Health Care Work Now the fight for health care reform is in Harrisburg and so are the health care industry s lobbyists At stake is how we set up a new insurance marketplace in Pennsylvania the single biggest tool we have to clean up health care Read more about Making Health Care Work Report PennPIRG Education Fund Health Care Making the Grade When it comes to health care there are few magic bullet solutions for the many problems consumers face in the marketplace insurers don t compete for their business leading to higher prices and lower quality Important information about coverage is buried in the fine print making it hard to know what s really covered or which plan is right And costs are continuing their unsustainable rise Read more about Making the Grade News Release Health Care Nationwide study of new health

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  • Young People Now Covered | PennPIRG
    insured their whole lives Now they can remain on their parents plans until age 26 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 Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results 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 that matter especially when powerful interests are blocking progress

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  • Researching How Tax Dollars Become Twinkies | PennPIRG
    has gone to apples and other fresh fruits and vegetables 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 Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results 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 that matter especially when powerful interests are blocking progress Donate Today Consumer Alerts Join

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  • KIDS’ SCHOOL LUNCHES NOW SAFER | PennPIRG
    buying such low quality meat for school lunches 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 Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results 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 that matter especially when powerful interests are blocking progress Donate Today Consumer Alerts Join our network

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  • A VICTORY FOR CONSUMERS OVER WALL STREET | PennPIRG
    and create a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau 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 Archives Blog Media Hits News Releases Reports Resources Results 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 that matter especially when powerful interests are blocking progress Donate Today Consumer Alerts Join our network and

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