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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    pay their taxes Keep Reading News Release Budget Consumer Protection Financial Reform New Survey Shows Banks Still Hiding Fees from Consumers PHILADELPHIA April 12 A survey released today by the Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group of more than 350 bank branches revealed that fewer than half of branches obeyed their legal duty to fully disclose fees to prospective customers while one in four provided no fee information at all Keep Reading News Release Transportation Hundreds of Local Businesses Endorse More and Better Public Transportation PHILADELPHIA PA Nearly 400 small business owners church leaders and local elected officials have teamed up with PennPIRG the statewide consumer advocacy group to endorse 21st century transportation in Pennsylvania Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Safe Energy Tragedy in Japan a Terrifying Reminder of the Risks of Nuclear Power Philadelphia PA Mar 16 Statement of PennPIRG State Director Megan DeSmedt in response to the nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station Keep Reading News Release PennPIRG Higher Ed PennPIRG Urges Senator Casey to Support Student Aid Reform Today PennPIRG announced that it will urge students and families to call Senator Casey in support of the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act SAFRA In response to a multi million dollar lobbying campaign by the student loan industry some Senators are opposing SAFRA a common sense plan that would cut government waste make college more affordable for hundreds of thousands of students invest in our colleges and expand our economy Keep Reading Pages first previous 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 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

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    delay which inflates the drug prices paid by tens of millions of Americans Keep Reading Pages first previous 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 next last News Release PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation Mad Men Make Online Pitch for High Speed Rail WASHINGTON March 9 Two lead actors from the hit television show Mad Men throw their support behind high speed rail in a humorous new online video posted today on Funnyordie com The actors and U S PIRG a national advocacy organization developed the video in conjunction with the popular online video site as a way to reach new audiences and build excitement for high speed rail projects around the country Keep Reading Media Hit Budget Philadelphia Group Says US House Isn t Budget Cutting In Public s Interest Tough choices should only come after easy ones she told KYW Newsradio today And it s hard to imagine how cuts to Pell grants food safety and clean water standards came before eliminating wasteful subsidies and closing corporate tax loopholes and handouts for companies like BP Goldman Sachs and Exxon Mobil Keep Reading Media Hit Budget Transportation Pennsylvania should proceed with caution when it comes to privatizing its infrastructure Cash strapped governments across Pennsylvania are struggling to plug holes blown in their budgets by the economic downturn while the state s infrastructure remains in desperate need of maintenance and repair Pennsylvania s Legislature must address our transportation funding crisis but it must proceed with caution Vital public assets should be operated for the public interest Keep Reading News Release Health Care Nationwide study of new health exchanges shows Pennsylvania how to lower costs for consumers Philadelphia PA Many states are creating health exchanges to deliver better value for consumers and Pennsylvania should follow their lead according to Making the Grade a new report by PennPIRG Health exchanges are competitive marketplaces that can empower individuals and small businesses with better more affordable options for coverage Under the federal health reform law each state will have an exchange up and running in 2014 Keep Reading Media Hit Food PennPIRG urges Senate to pass bill to strengthen FDA A coalition of consumer groups says that a steady stream of food recalls including last month s pullback of more than half a billion eggs by two Iowa producers shows how urgent it is for Congress to require regular inspections of production facilities and to give the Food and Drug Administration authority to order food recalls Keep Reading Pages first previous 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 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

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Food Tax Apples to Twinkies 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 Penn PIRG 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 Pages first previous 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 next last Media Hit Food PennPIRG urges Senate to pass bill to strengthen FDA A coalition of consumer groups says that a steady stream of food recalls including last month s pullback of more than half a billion eggs by two Iowa producers shows how urgent it is for Congress to require regular inspections of production facilities and to give the Food and Drug Administration authority to order food recalls Keep Reading Media Hit Food Food for thought Report details 85 safety recalls Tainted cheese lettuce and waffles are among the 56 food recalls that have affected Pennsylvania since stronger food safety legislation stalled in Congress in July 2009 according to a study released this week Keep Reading Media Hit Food PennPIRG urges Senate to pass food recall legislation The U S Senate s handling of food safety protections was called into question Wednesday in a study released by PennPIRG the Consumer Federation of America and the Center for Science in the Public Interest Keep Reading Media Hit Food Local Group Calls for Stronger Food Safety Laws Alana Miller right with PennPIRG the Public Interest Research Group of Pennsylvania says Congress must pass the FDA Food Modernization Act Keep Reading Media Hit Tax A TAXING PROBLEM The average Pennsylvania family makes 50 702 a year and pays roughly 1 556 in state income taxes Corporations that make millions of dollars in Pennsylvania often face a far lower state income tax bill In fact 71 percent pay nothing at all Keep Reading Pages first previous 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 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

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  • Transportation Bill is a Step Backwards | PennPIRG
    and roads seriously neglected in past years the bill removes already insufficient measures to ensure states fix it first rather than diverting funds towards building new and wider highways while neglecting existing roads and bridges The weak provisions the bill includes to ensure adequate repair lack teeth and potential accountability measures could not begin until after the bill expires The bill fails to increase the portion of transportation funds directed to public transit and allocates no money for high speed rail It reduces the tax deductibility of commuting costs for transit riders and ends performance criteria for allocating loans This bill isn t much of a compromise The Senate was the only chamber that had actually passed a transportation bill Unlike the House the Senate bill had a few modest reform measures and strong bipartisan support It is surprising therefore that the bill emerged from conference negotiations so much worse than the status quo We do support the part of the legislation to prevent student loan interest rates from doubling which is also included in the final package But we are disappointed that Congress has let this opportunity for reform slip by saddling 21st Century America with an increasingly outdated transportation system 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

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  • Transportation and the New Generation | PennPIRG
    to have an impact for years to come Federal and local governments have historically made massive investments in new highway capacity on the assumption that driving will continue to increase at a rapid and steady pace The changing transportation preferences of young people and Americans overall throw those assumptions into doubt The time has come for transportation policy to reflect the needs and desires of today s Americans not the worn out conventional wisdom from days gone by The recession has played a role in reducing the miles driven in America especially by young people People who are unemployed or underemployed have difficulty affording cars commute to work less frequently if at all and have less disposable income to spend on traveling for vacation and other entertainment The trend toward reduced driving however has occurred even among young people who are employed and or are doing well financially America has long created transportation policy under the assumption that driving will continue to increase at a rapid and steady rate The changing transportation preferences of young people and Americans overall throw that assumption into doubt Policy makers and the public need to be aware that America s current transportation policy dominated by road building is fundamentally out of step with the transportation patterns and expressed preferences of growing numbers of Americans It is time for policy makers to consider the implication of changes in driving habits for the nation s transportation infrastructure decisions and funding practices and consider a new vision for transportation policy that reflects the needs of 21st century America 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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  • Youth Drive Less, Desire More Transportation Options | PennPIRG
    are so scarce Transportation and the New Generation reveals that for the first time since World War II Americans are driving less and have been doing so since the middle of last decade The report shows that by 2011 the average American was driving 6 percent fewer miles per year than in 2004 This trend away from driving is even more pronounced among young people The average young person age 16 34 drove 23 percent fewer miles in 2009 than the average young person in 2001 The report also notes that a growing number of young Americans do not have driver s licenses from 2000 to 2010 the share of 14 to 34 year olds without a license increased from 21 percent to 26 percent According to the report between 2001 and 2009 the annual number of miles traveled by 16 to 34 year olds on public transit such as trains and buses increased by 40 percent America s transportation preferences appear to be changing Our elected officials need to make transportation decisions based on the real needs of Americans in the 21st century concluded Miller The full report can be found at http pennpirg org reports pap transportation and new generation 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

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  • House Transportation Bill Strikes First as Tragedy, Then as Dangerous Farce | PennPIRG
    are choosing to travel The number of miles people drive has been trending downward since before the recession reversing six decades of previously steady growth According to the latest data the number of vehicle miles driven is lower than any point since 2004 Meanwhile transit ridership has increased 9 percent since 2004 even in the face of budget induced service cuts and fare hikes Even on its own self declared terms as a jobs bill the House measure fails miserably Past studies consistently show that spending on highways creates fewer jobs than the same dollars would invested in public transit an experience further confirmed by data from the Stimulus Act Paying for highways through commitments to drill for more oil is both preposterous and perverse The potential drilling revenue just doesn t add up and would be delayed for several years before the new wells and exploration could even move forward More broadly America needs a transportation system that uses less oil You don t accomplish that by committing to drill more It s akin to funding a program to reduce smoking by lowering the tobacco age limit to generate more cigarette taxes While the drilling proposal met knowing disapproval the move to defund transit has ignited a firestorm of protest Over 600 groups including the Chamber of Commerce and AARP mobilized over the course of twelve hours to denounce the move in a joint letter The U S Secretary of Transportation a former Republican legislator declared the House legislation to be the worst transportation bill in history The House has dangerously breached the past precedent which has long supported public transportation but it may also have created a Paul Revere type rally to arms for transportation advocates roused across American Let s hope so Transportation Search form Search About

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  • House Proposal Threatens to Defund Public Transportation | PennPIRG
    If you were to dream up legislation to maximize America s addiction to oil it would look pretty much like this Make no mistake this move would cut public transportation out of the federal budget The House Ways and Means Bill stops just short of defunding America s public transit system Instead it says that the real money with a funding source will all go to highways while the tooth fairy will pay for transit For Big Oil and the highway lobby this is a dream but it s a nightmare for America s transportation future Earlier this week the House Transportation committee introduced legislation to slash funding for forward thinking transportation investment by nixing the successful TIGER program and eliminating high speed rail entirely These cuts would impede 21st century transportation projects that reduce traffic foster economic development and provide more transportation choices for the public It promises to pay for much of the bill through increased volumes of oil drilling even though those fees could not possibly be generated for several years America needs a real transportation act It s sad that these bills appear instead to be crude political theater PennPIRG is a state wide citizen based public interested advocacy organization www pennpirg org 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

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