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  • Jeremy Flood | PennPIRG
    has also worked on award winning documentaries such as Gideon s Army and The Great Invisible Before joining U S PIRG Jeremy worked as a field organizer running youth voter registration drives in Denver and was the communications coordinator for a small community non profit He is currently a resident of Denver Colorado 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 to stop selling meat

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    and vegetables would buy one half of an apple per taxpayer Keep Reading Pages first previous 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund Budget Food Apples to Twinkies 2012 In this report we find that in 2011 over 1 28 billion in taxpayer subsidies went to junk food ingredients bringing the total to a staggering 18 2 billion since 1995 To put that figure in perspective 18 2 billion is enough to buy 2 9 billion Twinkies every year 21 for every single American taxpayer Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Tax Picking Up the Tab Some U S based multinational firms or individuals avoid paying U S taxes by transferring their earnings to tax haven countries with minimal or no taxes These tax haven users benefit from their access to America s markets workforce infrastructure and security but they pay little or nothing for it violating the basic fairness of the tax system and forcing other taxpayers to pick up the tab Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation Transportation and the New Generation From World War II until just a few years ago the number of miles driven annually on America s roads steadily increased Then at the turn of the century something changed Americans began driving less By 2011 the average American was driving 6 per cent fewer miles per year than in 2004 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Budget Following the Money 2012 The ability to see how government uses the public purse is fundamental to democracy Transparency in government spending promotes fiscal responsibility checks corruption and bolsters public confidence Keep Reading Pages first previous 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 next last Blog Post Consumer Protection As House Holds Oversight Hearing 340 Groups Call For Defense of CFPB Ed Mierzwinski Today Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Director Richard Cordray will present the CFPB s sixth semi annual report to the House Financial Services Committee whose majority members have been harsh critics of the successful consumer agency Americans for Financial Reform joined by the state PIRGs and a total of 340 national state and local groups sent Congress a letter explaining why the idea of the CFPB needs no defense only more defenders Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Coalition Launched To Protect Retirement Savings from Wall Street Loopholes Ed Mierzwinski We ve joined AARP the Consumer Federation of America AFL CIO Americans for Financial Reform and other leading groups to support an imminent Department of Labor rule to require retirement advisors to put consumers first Wall Street

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    lenders out of Pennsylvania Editorial The Patriot News Editorial board speaks out against a bill that would allow payday lenders to charge triple diget interest rates This bill is opposed by PennPIRG and a coalition of organizations throughout Pennsylvania Keep Reading Pages first previous 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 next last 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 treasury funds to influence elections First most businesses are constrained to participate only to maximize private profit rather than out of regard for the public good More important this spending undermines political equality by allowing wealthy institutions to translate economic success into political power Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Democracy Auctioning Democracy Scholarly and public opinion research demonstrates that big money dominance of campaigns skews American politics because wealthy donors have different life experiences and policy preferences than average earning citi zens Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Safe Energy Too Close to Home In the United States 49 million Americans receive their drinking water from surface sources located within 50 miles of an active nuclear power plant inside the boundary the Nuclear Regulatory Commission uses to assess risk to food and water supplies Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Democracy Representation Without Taxation Marking the second anniversary of the Supreme Court s decision in the Citizens United vs Federal Election Commission 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 Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland The 2011 Trouble in Toyland report is our 26th annual survey of toy safety In this report we provide safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for young children and provide examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards Keep Reading Pages first previous 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 next last Blog Post Consumer Protection The CFPB at Three A Child Prodigy Ed Mierzwinski The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB turned just three years old Monday July 21st but when you look at its massive and compelling body of work you must wonder Are watchdog years like plain old dog years Is the CFPB now a full sized 21 year old adult The answer is no not yet The CFPB is still growing and developing and adding programs and projects The CFPB is however at three years old certainly a child prodigy Despite overwhelming public support however powerful special interests continue to attack it Yet the idea of the CFPB needs no defense only more defenders Keep Reading Blog Post Food FDA Protects Public by Releasing Two Long Delayed Food Safety Rules Five Critical Rules Still Yet To Be Released Keep Reading Blog Post

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    s lives health and livelihoods would be at risk if so called regulatory reform proposals were to become law slowing or stopping the regulatory process Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Budget PA Receives a B on Government Transparency Philadelphia PA March 14 Pennsylvania received a B when it comes to government spending transparency according to Following the Money 2012 How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data the third annual report of its kind by the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group PennPIRG Keep Reading Pages first previous 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund Budget Caution Red Light Cameras Ahead Before pursuing a camera system contract local governments should heed the advice of the Federal Highway Administration and first investigate traffic engineering solutions for problem intersections or roadways If officials decide that private enforcement systems are appropriate they should avoid deals that constrain future decisions related to protecting safety Privatized traffic law enforcement should be used solely as a tool for enhancing traffic safety not as a cash cow for municipalities or private firms Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Budget Transportation Fixing It First America s infrastructure is showing its age Our nation s roads highways and bridges have increasingly received failing scores on maintenance and upkeep For the nation s bridges lack of maintenance can result in the sudden closure of a critical transportation link or far worse a collapse that results in lost lives and a significant loss in regional economic productivity Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Food Apples to Twinkies The rise in childhood obesity has many causes but one of the most important is the increased prevalence of high fat heavily sweetened junk food And shockingly American taxpayers are spending billions to subsidize junk food ingredients making the problem worse Keep Reading Report PennPIRG and National Taxpayers Union Budget Toward Common Ground To break through the ideological divide that has dominated Washington this past year and offer a pathway to address the nation s fiscal problems the National Taxpayers Union and U S PIRG joined together to identify mutually acceptable deficit reduction measures This report documents our findings Keep Reading Pages first previous 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 next last Blog Post Consumer Protection 50 YEARS AGO THIS WEEK JFK USHERED IN MODERN CONSUMER PROTECTION ERA Alana Miller Ed Mierzwinski People of almost any age know a lot about the Kennedy administration with its optimistic beginnings and its sudden

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    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 Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Safe Energy Nuclear Power Threatens PA Drinking Water Philadelphia PA The drinking water for 6 7 million people in Pennsylvania could be at risk of radioactive contamination from a leak or accident at a local nuclear power plant says a new study released today by the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group PennPIRG Education Fund Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Tax Tax Havens Used by Romney Cost Taxpayers Billions With the heightened attention paid to Mitt Romney s use of offshore tax havens it is important to remember that tax havens are more than just an electoral issue Tax havens are a serious policy matter that profoundly affects ordinary Americans our economy our national debt and our long term competitiveness Keep Reading Pages first previous 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 next last Report U S PIRG Education Fund Financial Reform Ten Reasons We Need Consumer Financial Protection For years leading up to the 2008 financial collapse federal bank regulators ignored numerous warnings of increasingly predatory mortgage practices credit card tricks and unfair overdraft policies used by banks The banks were earning billions from gotcha practices Incredibly bank regulators actively encouraged this behavior arguing it was profitable and kept banks safe No regulator cared about its other and to them secondary job enforcing consumer laws Some regulators rejected the role and even actively worked to prevent states from carrying it out Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Tax Tax Shell Game Tax havens are countries with minimal or no taxes to which U S based multinational firms or individuals transfer their earnings to avoid paying taxes in the United States Users of tax havens benefit from access to America s markets workforce infrastructure and security but pay little or nothing for it violating the basic fairness of the tax system Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Big Banks Bigger Fees Since Congress largely deregulated consumer deposit checking and savings accounts beginning in the early 1980s the PIRGs have tracked bank deposit account fee changes and documented the banks long term strategy to raise fees invent new fees and make it harder to avoid fees Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Budget Following the Money 2011 This report is our second annual ranking of states progress toward Transparency 2 0 a new standard of comprehensive one stop one click budget accountability and accessibility Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Safe Energy Unacceptable Risk As the eyes of the world have focused on the nuclear crisis in Fukushima Japan Americans have begun to raise questions about the safety of nuclear power plants in the United States Keep Reading Pages first previous 9 10 11 12 13

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    in Pennsylvania often face a far lower state income tax bill In fact 71 percent pay nothing at all 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 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 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 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 We have the momentum Consumers like you convinced McDonald s and Subway to take action to protect public health This summer we re asking KFC to do the same Will you help win change Donate Now Get Big Money Out Voters In Super PACs and mega donors are drowning out the voices of regular Americans but together we can take our elections back The momentum is already building will your voice be heard What can I do Stop the Highway Boondoggles Americans are finding alternative ways to

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    Road Privatization Across Pennsylvania cash strapped governments are struggling to plug gaping holes in their budgets scarred by the impacts of the economic crisis At the same time Pennsylvania s roads and bridges remain congested and in desperate need of repair This is PennPIRG s fact sheet about the effects of Toll Road Privatization Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Facts About Toll Road Privatization Across Pennsylvania cash strapped governments are struggling to plug gaping holes in their budgets scarred by the impacts of the economic crisis At the same time Pennsylvania s roads and bridges remain congested and in desperate need of repair This is PennPIRG s fact sheet about the effects of Toll Road Privatization Keep Reading Pages first previous 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 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 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 We have the momentum Consumers like you convinced McDonald s and Subway to take action to protect public health This summer we re asking KFC to do the same Will you help win change Donate Now Get Big Money Out Voters In Super PACs and mega donors are drowning out the voices of regular

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    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 Pages first previous 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 next last Media Hit Budget Tax Make them pay Grumble as we may we all know we have to pay our taxes each year But while we pay our fair share to sustain schools parks libraries and police departments most companies that do business in Pennsylvania don t pay any state income tax Keep Reading Media Hit Tax In Pa paying taxes is for the little people Businesses enjoy a huge loophole A mind boggling 71 percent of corporations that do business in Pennsylvania don t pay state income tax at all according to the state Department of Revenue Can you imagine what would happen if that many residents failed to pay their taxes Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading News Release Health Care As Passage of Health Bill Nears New Estimates of Pennsylvania Job Gains From Lower Premiums WASHINGTON DC As Congress and the White House are locked in the final negotiations over the health care reform bill a new analysis from the consumer group Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group finds that the legislation will mean between 11 400 and 18 300 more jobs in Pennsylvania With job losses now the central economic issue confronting America the analysis shows that the health care cost savings the bill will achieve will help businesses add new employees Keep Reading News Release Health Care Senate Makes History on Final Health Reform Votes Inaction by Congress and the power of the health care industry have allowed health care costs to spiral out of control and enabled insurance companies to run roughshod over consumers for decades until now Keep Reading Pages first previous 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 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 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

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