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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Proposed Interest Rate Hike Threatens College Affordability, Can Lead to 20% Increases in Cost of College Next Year

Students and families in Arizona are set to celebrate college graduations as the threat of doubled student loan interest rates looms. If Congress fails to act by July 1, 2012 the interest rate for Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans will double, rising to 6.8 percent. 7.4 million American students will see the interest rates on their student loans double, effectively raising the average cost of college by over $1,000 for millions of students and their families. Student loan debt has already overshadowed credit card debt. The U.S. PIRG, the Young Invincibles, the Center for American Progress and Campus Progress released a joint report on the looming threat of a major hike in the federal student loan interest rate.


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Blog Post | Higher Ed

The New Student Battle Cry: Don't Double My Rate! | Jason Donofrio

The media and the country are just waking up to the alarming fact that unless Congress acts by July 1, the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Congress must not let that happen.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Tax


This year’s Farm Bill is a golden opportunity to end these wasteful subsidies and get our food policy right.  Unfortunately, while the legislation approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee does make a few positive steps, like ending the egregious Direct Payments program, it would further entrench the equally wasteful crop insurance program, which has cost taxpayers $30 billion over the last decade. And it would create a costly new subsidy scheme that would lock in currently-high corn and soy prices and once again direct billions of taxpayer dollars to giant agribusinesses.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Consumer Protection

Arizona PIRG Tells Congress: Don’t Freeze our Public Health and Consumer Safety Protections

Last year, in the 175 days that the U.S. House of Representatives was in session, it passed more than 190 anti-regulatory bills. Next up is H.R. 4078, the “Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act of 2012,” a bill that wrongly calls for a halt on all public health and consumer safety protections until the unemployment rate reaches six percent.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

Arizona Dept. of Insurance Issues Rule on Health Insurance “Rate Review”

St. Luke’s Health Initiatives and the Arizona PIRG Education Fund released a new report Getting All the Cards on the Table, which highlights options Arizona has to increase transparency so consumers have better information and are better protected against unreasonable health insurance rate increases. The report comes on the heels of the Arizona Department of Insurance’s (ADOI) initiation of rulemaking on “rate review."


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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Local Leaders Asked to Find Reliable Funding for Transit

At a recent Maricopa Association of Governments meeting, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund urged the local government leaders to find reliable sources of funding for transit so that Maricopa County residents can have transportation options.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Transportation

Public Transit Projects Create More Jobs than Highway Projects

New data released today by the Transportation Equity Network reveals that investment in public transit can create hundreds of thousands more jobs than highway projects.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

Egg Recalls Reveal Scrambled Food Safety System

According to Recipe for Disaster, a new study released today by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG), the Center for Science in the Public Interest and the Consumer Federation of America, last month’s nationwide recall of half a billion eggs was just one of more than 85 recalls involving 153 food companies since July 2009.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Budget, Tax

Recommendations for Fiscal Stability Made to Arizona Candidates

With the general election campaigns now underway, Arizona PIRG released a set of tax and budget policy recommendations for gubernatorial and legislative candidates.  The suggestions include increasing state budget transparency, rejecting budget gimmicks, examining tax expenditures, and implementing public interest safeguards on privatization deals.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Democracy

The DISCLOSE Act is Introduced in Response to a Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decision

Today saw the introduction of the long-awaited legislative reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United vs. Federal Election Commission.

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