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Cronkite News Service: Supporters celebrate board’s approval of passenger rail

A statewide rail plan that would start by linking Tucson and Phoenix is a step toward giving Arizona residents a transportation option that would relieve traffic congestion and improve air quality, an interest group contends.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

State Rail Plan approved; Arizona on track for passenger rail

Today leaders from the business community joined the Arizona PIRG Education Fund to celebrate the adoption of the State Rail Plan, which is the first-ever statewide plan for passenger and freight rail transportation in Arizona.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Tragedy in Japan a Terrifying Reminder of the Risks of Nuclear Power

Our hearts go out to the people of Japan, who have had their lives torn apart by the recent earthquake and the tsunami that followed. Based on recent news coverage, significant releases of radioactivity have already occurred and more are possible. The impact that the radiation releases could have on human health and the environment could be catastrophic. The crisis in Japan is a sobering reminder that nuclear power is inherently dangerous.

 

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Budget

Arizona Earns an A-minus in Government Spending Transparency

Arizona received an A-minus when it comes to openness about government spending, according to Following the Money 2011: How the States Rank on Providing Online Access to Government Spending Data, the second annual report of its kind by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG).  Included with the report is an interactive online tool that allows users to view how Arizona what is doing compared to other states’ transparency practices.

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Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Budget

Following the Money 2011

State governments across the country have been moving toward making their checkbooks transparent by creating online transparency portals – government-operated websites that allow visitors to see who receives state money and for what purposes. Forty states provide transparency websites that allow residents to access databases of government expenditures with “checkbook-level” detail. Most of these websites are also searchable, making it easier for residents to follow the money and monitor government spending.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Financial Reform

Arizona PIRG Applauds U.S. House Committee Vote to Advance Landmark Consumer Agency to Replace System that Failed

Today, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee approved landmark reform legislation establishing a proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA), despite attacks from industry opponents. Although several exceptions to the agency’s coverage must still be addressed on the House floor or in the Senate, overall, according to the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG), the CFPA bill as passed creates an independent agency with broad authority to protect consumers in the financial marketplace.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Transportation

Four Billion or Bust: Campaign Launches for High Speed Rail Funding

As Congress finalizes this year’s transportation spending bill, the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) and more than 100 organizations, public officials, municipalities, and small businesses from around the country have come together to support a full $4 billion investment in high speed passenger rail.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Salt River Project (SRP) Increases Energy Efficiency Programs But Still Lags Arizona Public Service (APS)

While Salt River Project (SRP), the second largest utility in Arizona, has elected to delay a major rate increase until at least May of next year, its board voted today to increase its commitment to energy efficiency and renewable programs via an Environmental Program Cost Adjustment Factor” (EPCAF).  While maintaining and increasing funding for these programs is critical, SRP is lagging its utility counterparts such as APS relative to energy savings.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Pioneers for Clean Energy in Arizona Case Studies Released

According to Pioneers for Clean Energy in Arizona, a new report released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund, businesses, residences and local governments across Arizona are making strides to increase their energy efficiency. The report notes that electricity demand is high — from TVs to dishwashers to refrigerators to charging cell phones — and with energy demand expected to increase as Arizona’s population grows in the future, the timing to increase energy efficiency could not be better.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Arizona PIRG Education Fund Urges Support of a Broadband Plan That Serves the Public Good

As the state and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) begin to consider a long-term strategy to innovate infrastructure, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund and the Media and Democracy Coalition issued A Public Interest Internet Agenda, to serve as a guide to direct decision makers towards consumer protective policy solutions that will connect every citizen to the Internet.

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