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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

New Survey Shows Free Checking Widely Available At Small Banks But Banks Still Hiding Fees from Consumers

A survey of hundreds of banks and credit unions in 24 states and the District of Columbia found that free checking remains available at more than 6 out of 10 small banks and credit unions but was only found at one-quarter of surveyed big banks (those with over $10 billion in deposits).

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Tax

This Time, Taxpayers Shoulder None of $4.5 Billion BP Settlement Deal

In great news for taxpayers, unlike earlier settlements from the Gulf Oil spill, the settlement the U.S. Justice Department negotiated with BP stipulated that none of the penalties paid are tax-deductible.

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Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Democracy

Analysis of 2012 Data through Election Day – November 13, 2012

This analysis documents that the first post-Citizens United presidential election afforded corporations and large donors the opportunity to use their wealth to amplify their voices far beyond the volume of the average member of the general public - threatening the basic American principle of political equality.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Democracy

New Analysis: Tiny Number of Wealthy Contributors Match Millions of Small Donors in Recent Election

A new analysis of data through Election Day from the Federal Election Commission (FEC) and other sources by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund and Demos documents that big outside spenders drowned out small contributions in 2012.

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Blog Post | Health Care

What's Next on Health Care Costs? | Diane E. Brown

Now that the election is over, talk has turned to the need to work together and get results for America. It’s a tall order, and on the polarized issue of health care, it may seem at first like an impossible task. But I am hopeful that we can make significant progress together.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) Unanimously Approves One of the Strongest Energy Efficiency Standards in the Country

Today, the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) acted to save consumers and businesses money by unanimously approving a final Energy Efficiency Standard Rule.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Transit Service Cuts to Impact Valley Residents

Today marks the beginning of cuts to transit service in the Phoenix metropolitan area.  Light rail service will be less frequent during peak hours and peak hours are being reduced by two hours each day.  Bus routes also are being affected – some routes will have less frequent service and some are being eliminated altogether.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

The Arizona PIRG Education Fund Offers Guide for Energy Policy as Arizonans Cast Votes for Arizona Corporation Commissioners

Today, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund released Energy Policy Consideration for the Arizona Corporation Commission, a briefing book highlighting energy issues arising in this year’s Arizona Corporation Commission election.  The Arizona Corporation Commission (Commission) is charged with regulating public utilities, corporate filings and securities, and railroad and pipeline safety.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Budget

Arizona Bond Rating Downgraded in Part Due to Budget Gimmicks

The rating agency Moody’s Investors Service recently downgraded Arizona’s bond rating.  A major factor in the rating downgrade was Arizona’s reliance on band-aid solutions to deep budget problems.  The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) has been calling on lawmakers to implement common-sense solutions for addressing the state's budget woes, rather than relying on short-term fixes.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Transportation

Public Transportation Projects Create More Jobs than Building Highways

Stimulus money invested in public transportation projects created twice as many jobs as highway projects, according to a new report released today by Arizona PIRG, in conjunction with the Center for Neighborhood Technology and Smart Growth America.

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