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Shining a Light on the Arizona Commerce Authority

Arizonans deserve to know how their taxpayer dollars are spent – including when their tax dollars are given as subsidies to corporations. However, more than a year after the creation of the Arizona Commerce Authority – the new state entity responsible for distributing the state’s economic development subsidies – the Commerce Authority discloses information online for only a portion of its economic development funds.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

As Arizona Dept. of Insurance Holds Health Insurance Rate Review Public Meetings, Groups Call for Increased Transparency and Consumer Involvement

This week, as the Arizona Department of Insurance holds public meetings on their proposed health insurance rate review rulemaking in Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff, public health and consumer groups will testify to the need for increased transparency and consumer involvement in the rate review process.

 

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis Speaks with University and Community College Students in Arizona about Student Loans

As Congress debates whether or not to hike interest rates on student loans, U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis held a roundtable conversation at ASU’s Downtown Phoenix campus on higher education and workforce readiness with students attending universities and community colleges in the Tucson, Phoenix and Flagstaff areas.  

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Arizona PIRG and ASA Urge Members of Arizona's Congressional Delegation to Not Double the Student Loan Interest Rate

While Congress debates whether or not to hike interest rates on student loans, students, labor, business and other leaders have pointed to the need to provide affordable opportunities to attend college. The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) and the Arizona Students’ Association (ASA) are urging members of Arizona’s Congressional delegation to not double the student loan interest rate. The following fact sheets speak to the situation in Arizona and across the country.

 

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Phoenix-Tucson Rail Creates Jobs, Save Millions

A new report released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund highlighted the benefits of connecting Phoenix and Tucson with passenger rail. The report, Connecting Phoenix and Tucson: The Benefits of Intercity Rail in the Sun Corridor, estimates that the economic benefits of intercity rail include: expanding labor market access for businesses, creating at least 30,000 job-years of employment, boosting local economies, and ensuring that the Phoenix-Tucson area remains attractive to young people, who increasingly prefer alternatives to driving.

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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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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

U.S.D.A.'s New Regulations for Ground Beef in School Lunches a Welcome Change

Arizona PIRG applauds U.S.D.A. Secretary Vilsack for taking strong action to improve the safety of ground beef purchased for the school lunch program.  Thirty million kids participate in the school lunch program each day—they deserve the safest food possible.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Misplaced Highway Spending to Blame for Crumbling Roads and Bridges

According to Road Work Ahead: Holding Government Accountable for Fixing America’s Crumbling Roads and Bridges, a new report by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund, across the nation, drivers face more than 90,000 miles of crumbling highways and more than 70,000 decaying bridges.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Tax

Taxpayers Footing a $100 Billion Bill for Tax Dodgers

While a lot of attention is given on Tax Day to how tax dollars are spent, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund is instead focused on the $100 billion in revenue lost every year due to loopholes, tax avoidance and tax cheats.

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