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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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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 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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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Salt River Project (SRP) Board Votes in Favor of Expanding Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Programs

Last fall, Salt River Project (SRP) agreed to postpone its proposed rate hike due to significant concerns about the size of the increase and SRP’s limited investments in energy efficiency and clean renewable energy.  Since that time, groups including the Arizona PIRG Education Fund asked ratepayers to send SRP the message that it should focus more on increased energy efficiency.  Today the SRP voted to approve the increase in energy efficiency and renewable energy investments.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Consumer Protection

Consumer and Privacy Groups Urge Congress to Enact Consumer Privacy Guarantees

A coalition of ten consumer and privacy advocacy organizations today called on Congress to enact legislation to protect consumer privacy in response to threats from the growing practices of online behavioral tracking and targeting.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

New Report: Gaps in Medical Research Result in Poorer Care and Higher Costs

A new report released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund finds that for the majority of medical conditions, no studies exist that determine the most effective course of treatment among all the available options.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Traffic Congestion Negatively Impacts Arizona

According to data released today, Arizonans in the Phoenix metropolitan area wasted over 80 million hours of additional time stuck on the roads, and 57.2 million gallons of additional gas as a result of traffic congestion in 2007.  Tucson residents wasted 17 million hours in traffic delays, wasting 10.9 million gallons of gas as a result of traffic.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Funding Decisions Missed Opportunity to Make Progress on Transportation

A new report based on official data of the states’ American Reinvestment and Recovery Act transportation funding decisions thus far found that Arizona failed to capitalize on an opportunity to invest in a 21st Century Transportation System.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Budget

Bailout Transparency Improves, But Still Falls Far Short

The administration’s efforts to bring transparency and accountability to the $700 billion bailout squeaks by earning mostly “Cs” on Arizona PIRG'S latest Bailout Report Card.  While the grades are not impressive, they do represent an improvement from the first Bailout Report Card for the previous administration, which earned almost entirely “Fs.”

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