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    donors Keep Reading Pages first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation A New Way to Go 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 Real time apps and on board wi fi for public transit as well as carsharing bikesharing and ridesharing have spread rapidly in recent years The report examines new evidence on how these practices are changing travel behavior Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Transportation Moving Off The Road After sixty years of almost constant increases in the annual number of miles Americans drive since 2004 Americans have decreased their driving per capita for eight years in a row Moving Off the Road shines a new light on this trend and what it means for the future of transportation Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Pages first previous 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next last Blog Post Public Health A Sub stantial Achievement Steve Blackledge On October 20 Subway announced its plan to phase out antibiotics from its entire meat supply This victory is just the next step of our mission to save antibiotics Keep Reading Blog Post Public Health Victory Subway Commits to Help Save Antibiotics Steve Blackledge Today Subway announced a plan to phase out antibiotics from it s entire meat supply in response to mounting consumer demand for stronger action by the chain to help save antibiotics from overuse Keep Reading Blog Post Transportation How Deadly are Your State s Roads Sean Doyle A new report by Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute shows which states have the safest and most dangerous roads Here s how the states rank and what we can do about it Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection As CFPB Advances Consumer Protection Attacks on CFPB Escalate Ed Mierzwinski This week

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  • PennPIRG Homepage 4.21.16 | PennPIRG
    Financial Reform Consumer Financial Protection Bureau helps with bank complaints Since it started accepting complaints about banks 18 months ago the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has helped thousands of irate customers settle disputes over their accounts with roughly 1 out of 4 complaints resulting in monetary relief a just released analysis by a consumer group shows Keep Reading Pages first previous 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next last Report PennPIRG PennEnvironment Democracy Elections for Shale Fracking corporation EQT and the rest of the industry spend millions on electoral politics at the state and federal level elevating their interests and making it more difficult for ordinary citizens to have their voices heard Concurrently the industry exploits loopholes to pay extremely low taxes receives thousands of permits to drill on public lands and is exempted from many basic environmental standards Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Tax Following the Money 2013 Every year state governments spend tens of billions of dollars through contracts with private entities for goods and services subsidies to encourage economic development grants and other forms of spending Accountability and public scrutiny are necessary to ensure that state funds are well spent Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund Tax The Hidden Cost of Offshore Tax Havens When U S corporations and wealthy individuals use offshore tax havens to avoid 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Democracy Elections Confidential Elections Confidential describes how secret donors poured hundreds of millions into the 2012 election through social welfare non profits that are really political vehicles and via shell corporations formed as conduits to hide a funder s identity Keep Reading Pages first previous 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 next last Blog Post Consumer Protection Court Reinstates Case Against Bank That Aided Senior Citizen Fraud Ed Mierzwinski This week the 3rd Circuit U S Court of Appeals overturned a lower court decision that had denied class action status to victims of a scheme targeting senior citizens who were suing Zions Bank and its payment processor affiliates for aiding the fraudsters U S regulators led by the Department of Justice have been fighting this and similar schemes yet powerful special interests have managed to create a false narrative in Washington DC that has been picked up by opponents of consumer protection laws They falsely claim that the government s target

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    Outside Spending Outsized Influence The 2012 elections were by far the most expensive in history thanks primarily to the tidal wave of outside special interest money triggered by the Supreme Court s Citizens United decision The federal Senate and House races in Pennsylvania where outside groups spent nearly 12 million were no exception Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Tax Subsidizing Bad Behavior BP s recent 4 5 billion legal settlement with the Justice Department for its misdeeds 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Pages first previous 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 next last Blog Post Financial Reform The More I Hear About OPM Data Breach The Less I Know Except This It s Bad Ed Mierzwinski 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 friends and their neighbors because all of them could be victims deserve better answers just as they deserve better service than USOPM s credit monitoring provider is giving them Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection Hill Threats to CFPB Escalate As CFPB Protects Consumers Servicemembers Ed Mierzwinski Today the House Appropriations Committee at the behest of both Wall Street and predatory lenders seeking to run amok will vote to eliminate the CFPB s independence from the politicized appropriations process

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    little to no taxes This tax avoidance costs the federal government 150 billion in tax revenue each year PennPIRG released new data illustrating the size of this loss with 16 dramatic ways 150 billion could be spent Keep Reading Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 next last Report PennPIRG Consumer Protection Big Banks Bigger Fees Over the last six months state PIRG staff conducted inquiries at 250 bank and 116 credit union branches in 17 states and the District of Columbia and reviewed bank fees online in these and 7 other states This report addresses the following questions How easy is it for consumers to shop around for financial services Are banks complying with current fee disclosure requirements Can consumers still find free or low cost checking accounts or has free checking ended Keep Reading Report PennPIRG and Demos Democracy Distorted Democracy The Post Election Edition Our new analysis of data through Election Day from the Federal Election Commission FEC and other sources shows how big outside spenders drowned out small contributions in the 2012 election cycle just 61 large donors to Super PACs giving on average 4 7 million each matched the 285 1 million in grassroots contributions from more than 1 425 500 small donors to the major party presidential candidates Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading 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 Keep Reading Pages first previous 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 next last Blog Post Public Health Two Years After West Disaster Are Communities Any Safer Two years ago a fertilizer plant explosion devastated West Texas There have been over 350 other preventable chemical accidents sincer yet the EPA has failed to take action to protect our communities from future preventable chemical disasters Keep Reading Blog Post Consumer Protection CFPB Begins Payday Regulation Push In Richmond Ed Mierzwinski We joined the CFPB in Richmond Thursday for a field hearing on a proposed rule to regulate payday lending and similar high cost short term loans The CFPB s draft rule is comprehensive covering a variety of loans but it contains potential loopholes that we and other advocates will urge the bureau to close before it

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    Sens Lieberman Collins and Obama to enforce the rules Keep Reading Blog Post Transportation Transportation Funding Testimony In brief the PennPIRG Education Fund is advocating that the Commission recommend the expansion of existing revenue streams for public transit such as the real estate transfer tax the tire tax and the rental car tax as well as developing new funding mechanisms such as a transportation impact fee a vehicle sales tax based on weight and or fuel efficiency as well as several others Keep Reading Blog Post Transportation Testimony on Potential Lease of the PA Turnpike Many of the concerns raised about leasing Pennsylvania highways in general and the Turnpike in particular revolve around costs in a monetary sense especially raising tolls But there are many less visible costs whose impact will be far greater than toll increases under the proposed contract These costs need to be brought into the discussion Keep Reading Pages first previous 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 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

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    PennPIRG released new 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

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    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 Pages first previous 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 next last News Release Budget Transportation New Report Outlines Problems with Red Light and Speed Cameras Philadelphia PA A new research report released today outlines problems with the growing trend among cities to outsource traffic enforcement to red light and speed camera vendors Keep Reading Media Hit Budget Transportation Post Gazette Group urges caution on cameras for red light enforcement A public interest group today issued a report recommending that governments exercise caution in deploying automated red light enforcement cameras at intersections Keep Reading Media Hit Budget Transportation Essential Public Radio Research Group Cautions About Red Light Cameras With the state legislature debating possible expansion of red light cameras from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh and 18 other Pennsylvania cities Pennsylvania Public Interest Research Group PennPIRG warns of their ineffectiveness Keep Reading Media Hit Budget Transportation Central Penn Business Journal Judge privatization panel on results supporters say Sometime toward the end of the month Gov Tom Corbett s newly appointed privatization council is expected to convene for its first meeting When it does it will have a broad mandate Members will look across the entire spectrum of state functions to find potential savings Corbett spokesman Kevin Harley said Keep Reading Media Hit Financial Reform Post Gazette Please protect consumers Sen Toomey For more than two months the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau a centerpiece of the 2010 Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act has been up and running It s the nation s first federal financial regulator with the singular duty of protecting consumers including specifically members of the armed services from unfair financial practices Keep Reading Pages first previous 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 next last Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection PIRG s Trouble In Toyland The recall of 45 million toys and other children s products in 2007 and continued recalls in 2008 reminded Americans that no government agency tests toys before they are put on the shelves Specifically the wave of recalls focused attention on the fact that the agency charged with protecting Americans from unsafe products the Consumer Product Safety Commission is a little agency with a very big job to do Keep Reading 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

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    as risk Keep Reading Media Hit Consumer Protection PA Matters Despite Improvements still Trouble in Toyland The annual Trouble in Toyland report from the U S Public Interest Research Group shows there are still toxic toys on the shelves despite improvements Keep Reading Pages first previous 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 next last 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 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 Report PennPIRG Education Fund Consumer Protection Trouble in Toyland In 2008 Congress responded to an unprecedented wave of recalls of toys and other children s products by passing the first major overhaul of the Consumer Product Safety Commission since it was established during the Nixon Administration By passing the landmark Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act CPSIA in August 2008 Congress not only expanded the agency s budget it also 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 Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Pennsylvania Small Businesses at Risk America s small businesses stand at the forefront of innovation Our entrepreneurs are the first to adopt new technologies and take new approaches in old industries As engines of job creation small businesses are the leading edge that pushes our economy forward They are also unfortunately on the front lines of the health care crisis Keep Reading Report PennPIRG Education Fund and Media and Democracy Coalition Consumer Protection A Public Interest Internet Agenda Connecting our entire nation via high speed broadband will bring remarkable economic social cultural personal and other benefits Robust economic development job creation improved health care at lower costs enhanced educational opportunities increased homeland security and public safety reduced energy consumption and pollution a reinvigorated democracy and more open government these are just a few of the benefits that will flow from our nation linking its entire population to the Internet at broadband speed Keep Reading Pages first previous 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 next last Blog Post Testimony in Support of Smoke free Workplaces The U S Surgeon General Richard H Carmona issued a comprehensive scientific report which concludes that there is no risk free level of exposure to secondhand smoke The report finds that even brief secondhand smoke exposure can cause

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