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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Budget

Accountability, Transparency Urged for the Arizona Commerce Authority

At the September 27, 2011 meeting of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the Arizona PIRG Education Fund and Americans for Prosperity called on the new entity to be transparent and accountable to taxpayers.

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Media Hit | Tax

Arizona Republic: Advocates: Arizona taxpayers are subsidizing junk foods

More children are getting fat from cheap junk foods whose key ingredients are subsidized by millions of dollars in taxes paid by residents in Arizona and across the country, the Arizona Public Interest Research Group alleged Wednesday.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Tax

New Report: Subsidies Pay for 19 Twinkies per Arizona Taxpayer

Federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per Arizona taxpayer every year, according to Apples to Twinkies.

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Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Food, Tax

Apples to Twinkies

America is facing an obesity epidemic – one that’s hitting children especially hard. 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.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Tax

As Super Committee Gets to Work, Groups Identify $1 Trillion in Savings

As the Congressional “Super Committee” begins its search for $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction, a new study released by Arizona PIRG and the National Taxpayers Union provides the panel with a place to start: more than $1 trillion of spending cuts with appeal from across the political spectrum.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

New Child Nutrition Bill Takes Important Steps on Food Safety

Today, the Improving Nutrition for America’s Children Act of 2010 was introduced in Washington, D.C.  This bill reauthorizes and expands funding for the Child Nutrition Act -- proposing approximately $8 billion in additional funding over 10 years for child nutrition programs, including school breakfast and lunch.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Tax

U.S. House Passes Legislation to Close Tax Loopholes, Keep Jobs in the U.S.

This Friday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the "American Jobs and Closing Tax Loopholes Act," by a vote of 215 - 204. The Act, voted on in two parts, will curtail tax avoidance by multi-national corporations and lessen the incentive to move jobs overseas.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Financial Reform

U.S. Senate Takes Historic Step Toward Reining in Wall Street

The U.S. Senate's passage of the Restoring American Financial Stability Act tonight was long over-due and sets the stage for final passage of historic reform. While the bill is not perfect, it includes strong measures to rein in Wall Street’s casino bets, regulate the shadow derivatives markets, protect consumers and prevent future economic meltdowns.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Financial Reform

U.S. Senate Votes Down Broad Attack on State Enforcement of Wall Street Reforms

This afternoon, the U.S. Senate voted down a broad crippling amendment to the Wall Street Reform bill.  The amendment would have given the federal government sweeping ability to preempt or override states’ capacity to protect their own residents from dangerous and deceptive practices of banks and other financial institutions, while taking state Attorneys General off the corporate crime beat. 

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

U.S.D.A.'s New Performance Standards Should Bring Safer Poultry to Market

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced new performance standards for Salmonella and Campylobacter -- the most common disease hazards in the meat and poultry supply. The USDA has cut the target levels for Salmonella in poultry by over 60 percent, and set the first-ever performance standard for Campylobacter.

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