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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 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 | Higher Ed

Students, Advocates Call on Senators McCain and Kyl to Reject Cuts to Education, Pell Grants

With the U.S. Senate voting this afternoon on a proposal to stave off a federal government shutdown, representatives decried the Senate's attempt to cut vital investments to college aid and urged them to focus on other cuts.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Transportation

As Arizona Gas Prices Increase, ‘Mad Men’ Make Pitch for High Speed Rail

Two lead actors from the hit television show Mad Men throw their support behind high-speed rail in a humorous new online video posted today on Funnyordie.com. The actors worked with Arizona PIRG and U.S. PIRG to develop the video in conjunction with the popular online video site as a way to reach new audiences and build excitement for high-speed rail projects around the country.

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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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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Financial Reform

PRESIDENT PROPOSES NEW CREDIT SAFETY AGENCY FOR CONSUMERS

State and national consumer protection organizations applauded President Obama’s proposal to create a new federal Consumer Financial Protection Agency to ensure the safety, fairness and sustainability of credit. The agency would have broad powers to ensure that credit and payment products do not have predatory or deceptive features that can harm consumers or lock them into unaffordable loans.

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