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  • Resources | PennPIRG
    quality coverage that won t break the bank Keep Reading about SO YOU NEED HEALTH INSURANCE NOW WHAT Resource PennPIRG 2013 Annual Report Read about our work in 2013 Keep Reading about PennPIRG 2013 Annual Report Resource Public Health Change the Market Support Antibiotic free Restaurants These restaurants have taken action to transition away from serving meat raised with antibiotics Keep Reading about Change the Market Support Antibiotic free Restaurants Resource Consumer Protection Protect Yourself Against New Account ID Theft The first defense against any kind of identity theft is to be vigilant about protecting your personal information by taking steps like creating secure passwords installing anti virus and anti malware software and shredding personal documents However if and when someone does steal enough of your information to commit any form of identity theft there is really only one type of identity theft that you can stop before it happens New account identity theft where someone opens a new account in your name Keep Reading about Protect Yourself Against New Account ID Theft Pages 1 2 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

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  • Reports | PennPIRG
    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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  • PennPIRG Internship | PennPIRG
    most pressing problems and breaking them down into manageable projects ones in which the outcomes can be influenced by the right combination of careful research a smart political strategy and demonstrable public support Throughout the semester interns will work with staff to Identify and develop relationships with coalition partners and members to coordinate grassroots campaign activities Coordinate media events assist in the preparation of news releases and opinion pieces Conduct research into critical public policy problems and prepare investigative reports Work side by side with one of our organizers learning the ropes Most PennPIRG interns are undergraduate or graduate students in law public policy economics urban studies or environmental studies but students in any area of study may apply Intern supervisors provide ongoing training How To Apply Interested students should submit a compelling cover letter and resume to Stephanie Monahon State Director at stephanie pennpirg org We are currently working to fill positions for Fall Spring and Summer 2015 semesters To learn more about these initiatives or other PennPIRG campaigns please visit our website at 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 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

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  • Staff | PennPIRG
    x326 Contact person by email Jeremy Flood is a digital campaigner for U S PIRG s tax and budget program Read more about Jeremy Flood Kathryn Lee Digital Campaigner 303 573 5995 ext 408 Contact person by email Kathryn Lee is U S PIRG s digital campaigner for the organization s consumer protection program Using social media and other web tools she mobilizes our online community on issues such as consumer protection reigning in Wall Street and making Volkswagen pay Read more about Kathryn Lee 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

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    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 to encourage economic development and other expenditures Accountability and public scrutiny are necessary to ensure that the public can trust that state funds are spent as well as possible Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation The Innovative Transportation Index This report reviews the availability of 11 technology enabled transportation services including online ridesourcing carsharing ridesharing taxi hailing static and real time transit information multi modal apps and virtual transit ticketing in 70 U S cities It finds that residents of 19 cities with a combined population of nearly 28 million people have access to eight or more of these services with other cities catching up rapidly Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland 2014 Among the toys surveyed this year we found numerous choking hazards and five toys with concentrations of toxics exceeding federal standards In addition to reporting on potentially hazardous products found in stores in 2014 this installment of the report describes the potential hazards in toys and children s products Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund and Demos Democracy The Dominance of Big Money in the 2014 Congressional Elections In 2014 large donors accounted for the vast majority of all individual federal election contributions this cycle just as they have in previous elections Seven of every 10 individual contribution dollars to the federal candidates parties PACs and Super PACs that were active in the 2013 2014 election cycle came from donors who gave 200 or more Candidates alone got 84 percent of their individual contributions from large donors Keep Reading Report PennPIRG and Consumers Union Public Health Prescription For Change Our September 2014 survey of physicians paints a grim picture of the growing problem of antibiotic resistant infections The overwhelming majority of surveyed doctors reported that one or more of their patients had been diagnosed with a presumed or confirmed case of a multi drug resistant bacterial infection in the past twelve months They also expressed concern about the use of antibiotics in livestock production facilities on healthy animals in order to promote growth and prevent disease Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Blog Post Transportation Owning Fewer Cars Isn t Just For Millennials Sean Doyle New transportation options are making it easier for people to use transit more own fewer cars and even save money on transportation Keep Reading Blog Post Financial Reform We oppose latest effort to weaken CFPB other bank regulators Ed Mierzwinski Today the House Financial Services Committee holds its latest cattle call markup of a

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    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 Big Money Dominates in Congressional Primaries Our analysis of fund raising data from 2014 s congressional primaries examines the way these dynamics are playing out state by state across the country While some states show markedly more inequity than others the picture painted by the data is of a primary money race where large donors carry more weight than ordinary Americans Nationwide just under two thirds of all candidate contributions came from the largest donors those giving over 1 000 And fewer than 5 500 large donors matched the primary contributions coming from at least 440 000 donors nationwide Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation Millennials in Motion Millennials are less car focused than older Americans and previous generations of young people and their transportation behaviors continue to change in ways that reduce driving Now is the time for the nation s transportation policies to acknowledge accommodate and support Millennials demands for a greater array of transportation choices Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Public Health Weak Medicine Antibiotic resistant bacteria infect more than 2 million people per year in the United States causing more than 23 000 deaths State governments the FDA and other branches of the federal government should take steps to protect human health from the antibiotic resistant bacteria that can develop on factory farms Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Budget Tax Closing the Billion Dollar Loophole New report tells how some states have found a simple reform to reclaim significant revenue lost to offshore tax havens Includes estimates of how much each state loses in state revenue to offshore tax haven abuse and how much each state would gain by closing the water s edge loophole Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection The Unfriendly Skies It seems as if every consumer has an airline problem story how they were trapped on the tarmac tricked by fees missed their connection or lost their bag What many consumers don t know is that they have a number of new rights as well as a right to complain both to the airline and to the government This report tracks five years of consumer complaints and highlights which airlines received the most complaints and what kinds of complaints were most common Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Blog Post Financial Reform Debating trade and consumer protection in Brussels today Ed Mierzwinski 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

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    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 Pennsylvania received a B when it comes to government spending transparency according to Following the Money 2015 How the 50 States Rate in Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data the sixth annual report of its kind by the PennPIRG Education Fund Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Debt Collectors Debt Complaints This is the fifth in a series of reports that review complaints to the CFPB nationally and on a state by state level In this report we explore consumer complaints about debt collection with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with debt collectors and documenting the role of the CFPB in helping consumers successfully resolve their complaints Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Higher Ed Transportation A New Course Across America colleges and universities are showing that efforts aimed at reducing driving deliver powerful benefits for students staff and surrounding communities Policymakers at all levels of government should be looking to the innovative examples of these campuses Universities and college towns also provide useful models for expanding the range of transportation options available to Americans while addressing the transportation challenges facing our communities Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation Transportation in Transition A review of data from the Federal Highway 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Pages first

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    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 review complaints to the CFPB nationally and on a state by state level In this report we explore consumer complaint trends in the private student loan sector with the aim of uncovering patterns in the problems consumers are experiencing with their student loans Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Tax Offshore Shell Games With Congress considering big cuts to public programs PennPIRG 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 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 Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Blog Post Transportation Pulling a FAST one on our Transportation Future Sean Doyle For the first time in a decade and after roughly three dozen short term extensions Congress has pulled together and passed a transportation funding law lasting longer than two years There is only one problem the new law is the wrong deal for the country Keep Reading Blog Post Public Health Not so secret Santas in Congress Using Spending Bill To Roll Back Health Safety Wallet Protections Ed Mierzwinski With spending authorization for the federal government set to end on December 11 Congressional leaders are working with powerful special interests on their not so Secret Santa lists to use spending bills as vehicles to gut health safety and wallet protections popular with the general public but not with Wall Street or the U S Chamber of Commerce They know they cannot win a fair fight So they re loading up the must pass funding bill with so called riders

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