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    Administration Federal Transit Administration and Census Bureau for America s 100 most populous urbanized areas which are home to over half of the nation s population shows that the decline in per capita driving has taken place in a wide variety of regions From 2006 to 2011 the average number of miles driven per resident fell in almost three quarters of America s largest urbanized areas for which up to date and accurate data are available Read more about Transportation in Transition Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland 2013 The 2013 Trouble in Toyland report is the 28th annual U S Public Interest Research Group PIRG survey of toy safety In this report U S PIRG 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 Read more about Trouble in Toyland 2013 Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Big Credit Bureas Big Complaints This report is the third of several that review complaints to the CFPB nationally and on a state by state level In this report we explore consumer complaints about credit bureaus with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with credit reporting Read more about Big Credit Bureas Big Complaints Pages first previous 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

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    2013 Meanwhile subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy just one half of an apple per taxpayer per year Read more about Apples to Twinkies Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Big Banks Big Complaints The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB was established in 2010 in the wake of the worst financial crisis in decades Its mission is to identify dangerous and unfair financial practices to educate consumers about these practices and to regulate the financial institutions that perpetuate them To help accomplish these goals the CFPB has created and made available to the public the Consumer Complaint Database The database tracks complaints made by consumers to the CFPB and the responses of financial institutions to those complaints The Consumer Complaint Database enables the CFPB to identify financial practices that threaten to harm consumers and enables the public to evaluate both the performance of the financial industry and of the CFPB The CFPB s searchable complaint database is the newest of a set of federal government consumer complaint databases that help consumers make better economic and safety choices by reviewing other s experiences and searching for problems or product recalls The transparency also helps firms improve their products and services In short transparency improves the way markets work Information on other databases is available in Appendix B This report is the first of several that will review complaints to the CFPB nationally and on a state by state basis In this report we explore consumer complaints about bank accounts and services with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with their banks Read more about Big Banks Big Complaints Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last More Search form Search About Issues Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics Campaign

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    for two thirds of the offshore cash Read more about Offshore Shell Games Report PennPIRG Health Care TOP TWENTY PAY FOR DELAY DRUGS Americans with cancer heart disease epilepsy and other conditions have been forced to pay an average of 10 times more than necessary for at least 20 blockbuster drugs according to a report released today by Community Catalyst and the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group PennPIRG Read more about TOP TWENTY PAY FOR DELAY DRUGS Report PennPIRG Higher Ed Student Loan Debt in Pennsylvania Without a new plan from Congress on July 1 the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans will double from 3 4 percent to 6 8 percent In Pennsylvania 374 328 federal student loan borrowers will be impacted if the rate doubles Read more about Student Loan Debt in Pennsylvania Report PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation A New Direction The time has come for America to hit the reset button on transportation policy replacing the policy infrastructure of the Driving Boom years with a more efficient flexible and nimble system that is better able to meet the transportation needs of the 21st century Read more about A New Direction Pages first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 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

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    paying taxes to the federal government it is an abuse of our tax system Tax haven abusers benefit from our markets infrastructure educated workforce and security but they pay next to nothing for these benefits Ultimately taxpayers must pick up the tab either in the form of higher taxes cuts to public spending priorities or increased national debt Read more about The Hidden Cost of Offshore Tax Havens Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Transparency in City Spending Following our earlier studies of government spending at the state level this report evaluates the progress of America s 30 largest cities toward Transparency 2 0 a standard of encompassing one stop one click budget accountability and accessibility Read more about Transparency in City Spending Report PennPIRG and Demos Democracy Billion Dollar Democracy The first presidential election since Citizens United lived up to its hype with unprecedented outside spending from new sources making headlines Demos and the PennPIRG Education Fund s analysis of reports from campaigns parties and outside spenders to the Federal Election Commission found that our big money system distorts democracy and creates clear winners and losers Wealthy Donors Over Average Citizens Special Interests Over the Public Interest Incumbents Over Challengers Grassroots Candidates Secret Spenders Over Voters Seeking Accountability Read more about Billion Dollar Democracy Pages first previous 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 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

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    in the Gulf oil spill was historic for being the largest ever criminal settlement But it was historic for another reason as well none of it is allowed to be tax deductible Unfortunately too many settlements for wrongdoing end up as tax deductions Read more about Subsidizing Bad Behavior Report PennPIRG Tax What America Could Do With 150 Billion Lost to Offshore Tax Havens Many corporations and wealthy individuals use offshore tax havens countries with minimal or no taxes to avoid paying 150 billion in U S taxes each year Americans who must pick up the tab in the form of cuts to public services more debt or higher taxes Read more about What America Could Do With 150 Billion Lost to Offshore Tax Havens Report PennPIRG Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland The 2012 Trouble in Toyland report is the 27th annual Pensylvania Public Interest Research Group PIRG 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 Read more about Trouble in Toyland Pages first previous 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 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

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    million in grassroots contributions from more than 1 425 500 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 PennPIRG and Voter ID Coalition THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY COLLEGES VOTER PROTECTION ACTIONS PREVENTING STUDENT DISENFRANCHISEMENT BY PA VOTER ID LAW The survey reveals what colleges have and have not taken student voter protection measures for under the Pennsylvaina voter ID law PennPIRG recommends various strategies to provide students with valid student IDs and educate them about the laws disenfranchising effects Read more about THE GOOD THE BAD THE UGLY COLLEGES VOTER PROTECTION ACTIONS PREVENTING STUDENT DISENFRANCHISEMENT BY PA VOTER ID LAW 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 Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 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

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    the landmark Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act CPSIA in August 2008 1 In addition to expanding the agency s budget Congress gave the CPSC more tools to hold corporate wrongdoers accountable and speed recalls moved toward banning toxic lead and phthalates except in trace amounts and greatly improved import surveillance Read more about PIRG s Trouble In Toyland Pages first previous 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 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

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    the public and policymakers on the need for continued action to protect the health and wellbeing of children Read more about Trouble in Toyland 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 Read more about Boosting the Impact of Small Donors 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 Read more about Mortgages and Mortgage 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 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

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