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  • 21st Century Transportation | WISPIRG Students
    Our tailpipe emissions account for a third of the nation s global warming emissions pollute the air we breathe and make people sick We ll be working to raise the profile of high speed rail and public transportation by building grassroots support garnering media attention and getting community leaders like mayors and business owners to join the call for 21st century transportation Issue updates Media Hit Consumer Protection Corporate Democracy Energy Energy Service Corps Foods Health Care Higher Ed Hunger Oceans Other Parks Sustainability Textbooks Transit Waste Water WISPIRG starts off its yearly campaigning WISPIRG kicks off the fall 2010 semester Keep Reading Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 View All RSS Feed About Us Our Leadership Our Mission Accomplishments Local Chapters UW Madison UW Stevens Point Get Involved Action Center Campaign Resources Start a PIRG Chapter Full Time Jobs Campus Internships Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Don t Get Ripped Off Big Red Go Green Sustainable U Protect Wisconsin s Lakes Energy Service Corps Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Multimedia Reports Internships Work on important

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  • 21st Century Transportation Updates | WISPIRG Students
    Volunteer on Campus Campaigns 21st Century Transportation Affordable Higher Education Hunger and Homelessness Make Textbooks Affordable New Voters Project Stop Subsidizing Obesity Don t Get Ripped Off Big Red Go Green Sustainable U Protect Wisconsin s Lakes Energy Service Corps Newsroom Latest Updates Blog News Releases PIRG in the News Multimedia Reports Internships Work on important issues learn valuable skills get hands on experience and make a difference Get Info

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  • Road Work Ahead | WISPIRG Students
    other considerations ahead of the pressing need to preserve our investment in the highway system Political forces often undermine a strong commitment to maintenance Members of Congress state legislators and local politicians thrive on ribbon cuttings Powerful special interests push for new and bigger highways Meanwhile federal and state policies which should provide strong guidance in the wise use of taxpayer dollars often fail to achieve the proper balance between building new infrastructure and taking care of what we already have built To fix our roads and bridges America first must fix our transportation policies To counteract the tendencies to neglect repair and maintenance we must adopt strong fix it first rules that give priority to maintenance of our existing roads and bridges set national goals for the condition of our transportation system and hold state governments accountable for achieving results Road Work Ahead describes how America s roads and bridges are in disrepair bringing together a wide variety of statistics and sources with state by state analysis It shows how special interest pressure tilts the playing field toward the construction of new and ever wider highways at the expense of repair and maintenance U S transportation policy fails to properly emphasize highway and bridge maintenance with federal transportation policies allocating vast amounts of money to the states with little direction and no accountability and with Congressional earmarks further tilting spending away from maintenance State transportation funding policies are often similarly short sighted focusing on the creation of politically popular new highways rather than maintaining existing roads and bridges Spending more money on transportation won t fix America s roads and bridges without a top to bottom shift in funding priorities and policies The report s recommendations include ways to Make highway and bridge maintenance a national priority Reorganize federal

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/reports/in/road-work-ahead (2016-04-29)
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  • A Track Record of Success | WISPIRG Students
    link between London and the Channel Tunnel Well designed high speed rail stations located in city centers spark economic development and encourage revitalization of urban areas A study of the Frankfurt Cologne high speed rail line in Germany estimated that areas surrounding two towns with new high speed rail stations experienced a 2 7 percent increase in overall economic activity compared with the rest of the region Office space in the vicinity of highspeed rail stations in France and northern Europe generally fetches higher rents than in other parts of the same cities The city of Lyon experienced a 43 percent increase in the amount of office space near its high speed rail station following the completion of a high speed rail link to Paris Property values near stations on Japan s Shinkansen network have been estimated to be 67 percent higher than property values further away Several cities have used high speed rail as the catalyst for ambitious urban redevelopment efforts The city of Lille France used its rail station as the core of a multi use development that now accommodates 6 000 jobs The new international high speed rail terminal at London s St Pancras station is the centerpiece of a major redevelopment project that will add 1 800 residential units as well as hotels offices and cultural venues in the heart of London High speed rail has increased overall travel in corridors in Spain and France and the number of one day business trips in South Korea Increases in overall travel indicate that high speed rail is having an impact on broader economic decisions and improve the chances that high speed rail lines can recoup their overall costs High speed rail can expand labor markets and increase the potential for face to face interactions that create value in the growing knowledge economy A British study projects that the construction of the nation s first high speed rail line will lead to more than 26 billion in net economic benefits over the next 60 years High speed rail lines generally cover their operating costs with fare revenues In the United States a financially sustainable high speed rail system will likely not require operating subsidies from taxpayers although public funding is essential to getting the system up and running High speed rail service generates enough operating profit that it can subsidize other less profitable intercity rail lines in countries such as France and Spain as well as in the U S Northeast Two high speed rail lines the French TGV line between Paris and Lyon and the original Japanese Shinkansen line from Tokyo to Osaka have covered their initial costs of construction through fares Properly planned high speed rail can encourage sustainable land use and development patterns In the United States focusing new development around highspeed rail stations can reduce pressure to develop in far flung areas reducing other infrastructure costs such as for sewers and electricity By creating new centers of commerce and activity high speed rail stations

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  • Student Debt | WISPIRG Students
    percent interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans Read more about Divided lawmakers stepped up to freeze student loan rate Victory for Students Tuesday July 3 2012 By WISPIRG Students We did it Over 7 million students will save an average of 1 000 in loan repayments helping us become the next generation of teachers doctors and innovators Related topics Higher Ed Student Debt Read more about Victory for Students Media Hit Student Debt Debit Cards on Campus Given the history of shady dealings between banks and colleges Congress needs to take a hard look at the increasingly common practice of schools contracting with banks to disburse financial aiddollars to students Read more about Debit Cards on Campus News Release Student PIRGs Consumer Protection Higher Ed Student Debt Banks Skim Millions in Fees from Student Aid Using Debit Card Linked Student IDs Washington D C Over 9 million students are at risk for increased educational debt due to bank affiliated student debit cards that come with high fees insufficient consumer protections and few options Financial institutions now have affinity partnerships with almost 900 campuses nationwide grafting bank products onto student IDs and other campus cards to become the primary recipient of billions in federal financial aid to distribute to students Read more about Banks Skim Millions in Fees from Student Aid Using Debit Card Linked Student IDs Report Consumer Protection Higher Ed Student Debt The Campus Debit Card Trap Banks and other financial firms are taking advantage of a variety of opportunities to form partnerships with colleges and universities to produce campus student ID cards and to offer student aid disbursements on debit or prepaid cards In addition to on campus services such as student ID functions offered on the card some cards offer traditional debit card services linked to

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  • Affordable Higher Education | WISPIRG Students
    student and parental participation and stronger safeguards for student borrowers in repayment Also we can lower student debt by protecting student consumers College students pay unjustifiably high amounts for college textbooks each year And those who rely on credit and debit cards to help offset day to day costs of education or to access their financial aid disbursements can get slapped with penalty fees and terms that take advantage of them Tell Congress Protect Student Aid Issue updates Report U S PIRG Education Fund and the Student PIRGs Higher Ed Textbooks Fixing the Broken Textbook Market This study demonstrates that despite recent steps forward in the marketplace high textbook costs will continue to be a problem for students unless the cost of high priced new editions of college textbooks comes down Keep Reading News Release Higher Ed Student Debt STUDENTS CALL FOR SENATE TO REJECT STUDENT LOAN DEAL Today college students spoke out to urge Senators to reject the pending student loan deal which may come up for a vote in the Senate as early as this afternoon Keep Reading Media Hit Higher Ed Student Debt Divided lawmakers stepped up to freeze student loan rate Over the past few weeks a divided Congress came together to deliver for the economy as well as students and families by extending the low 3 4 percent interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans Keep Reading News Release Higher Ed President Signs Bill Preventing Student Loan Interest Rates from Doubling Students can breathe a sigh of relief today At least for the next year student strapped with debt will get a temporary reprieve from doubling interest rates on their loans borrowed next year Keep Reading Blog Post Higher Ed Student Debt Victory for Students WISPIRG Students We did it Over 7 million students will

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/campaigns/wi/affordable-higher-education?page=1 (2016-04-29)
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  • Affordable Higher Education | WISPIRG Students
    to day costs of education or to access their financial aid disbursements can get slapped with penalty fees and terms that take advantage of them Tell Congress Protect Student Aid Issue updates Media Hit Higher Ed Students Lose When Financial Aid Goes Onto Fee Laden Debit Cards Thought the student loan crisis was bad as it is Now add hefty fees into that mix Providers say students can avoid the fees that pile up when they elect to receive their financial aid on a debit card but new research from a consumer advocacy group finds that these companies throw up roadblocks to keep the fee revenue rolling in even as colleges make big bucks off their affiliations with these institutions Keep Reading Media Hit Higher Ed Campus debit cards can carry downsides Consumer advocates have long criticized the amount of fees associated with debit cards Most recently a report by the U S Public Interest Research Group Education Fund found that hundreds of colleges have partnerships with financial companies to put a student s financial aid on debit or prepaid cards that carry hefty fees Under some of these deals official student photo ID cards can double as debit cards Keep Reading News Release Student PIRGs Consumer Protection Higher Ed Student Debt Banks Skim Millions in Fees from Student Aid Using Debit Card Linked Student IDs Washington D C Over 9 million students are at risk for increased educational debt due to bank affiliated student debit cards that come with high fees insufficient consumer protections and few options Financial institutions now have affinity partnerships with almost 900 campuses nationwide grafting bank products onto student IDs and other campus cards to become the primary recipient of billions in federal financial aid to distribute to students Keep Reading Report Consumer Protection Higher

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/campaigns/wi/affordable-higher-education?page=2 (2016-04-29)
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  • Affordable Higher Education | WISPIRG Students
    encourages student and parental participation and stronger safeguards for student borrowers in repayment Also we can lower student debt by protecting student consumers College students pay unjustifiably high amounts for college textbooks each year And those who rely on credit and debit cards to help offset day to day costs of education or to access their financial aid disbursements can get slapped with penalty fees and terms that take advantage of them Tell Congress Protect Student Aid Issue updates Report U S PIRG Higher Ed The Cost of College Will Soar if Interest Rates Allowed to Double The loans distributed by the U S Department of Education currently hold an interest rate of 3 4 percent But that rate is set to double if Congress fails to act by July 1 2012 If that occurs millions of students will see their interest rates soar to 6 8 percent on the new loans they take in the next year thereby causing a steep rise in their loan burden and effectively increasing the cost of attaining a college degree Keep Reading News Release Higher Ed Senators Block Bill to Keep Student Loan Interest Rates From Doubling On July 1 The bottom line is that this is important to future graduates and their families it is a top concern among students and has support from across the political spectrum Keep Reading Media Hit Higher Ed Obama Romney focus on student debt as campaign issue This should send a clear message to Congress that this is a common sense nonpartisan issue said Rich Williams higher education advocate for U S PIRG Keep Reading Media Hit Higher Ed New York Times Student Loan Interest Rates Loom as Political Battle Rich Williams the higher education advocate for U S Public Interest Research Group said he thought

    Original URL path: http://www.wispirgstudents.org/campaigns/wi/affordable-higher-education?page=3 (2016-04-29)
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