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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Tax

New Report: Subsidies Pay for 19 Twinkies per Arizona Taxpayer

Federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per Arizona taxpayer every year, according to Apples to Twinkies.

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Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Food, Tax

Apples to Twinkies

America is facing an obesity epidemic – one that’s hitting children especially hard. The rise in childhood obesity has many causes, but one of the most important is the increased prevalence of high-fat, heavily sweetened junk food.  And shockingly, American taxpayers are spending billions to subsidize junk food ingredients, making the problem worse.

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Report | Arizona PIRG | Budget, Tax

Toward Common Ground for the Supercommittee

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) have joined together to propose to the Supercommittee and to Congress as a whole a list of more than 50 recommendations to reform our future spending commitments. If enacted in their entirety, these changes would save taxpayers more than $1 trillion over the coming decade.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Tax

As Super Committee Gets to Work, Groups Identify $1 Trillion in Savings

As the Congressional “Super Committee” begins its search for $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction, a new study released by Arizona PIRG and the National Taxpayers Union provides the panel with a place to start: more than $1 trillion of spending cuts with appeal from across the political spectrum.

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Media Hit | Budget

Arizona Republic: Governor Brewer's panel urges privatization

When recommendations from Gov. Jan Brewer's Commission on Privatization and Efficiency were issued, Serena Unrein of Arizona PIRG urged transparency and accountability to protect public tax dollars.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

U.S. Senate Legislation Would Undercut Critical State Food Safety Measures

Legislation considered in the U.S. Senate Health, Employment, Labor and Pension Committee today would abolish more than 150 state and local food safety and notification requirements. The National Uniformity for Food Act (S. 3128) would implement sweeping changes to America’s food safety net by severely restricting the role of state and local governments in ensuring food quality and providing information to consumers.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Democracy

Statement on the Need for Independent Ethics Enforcement - Diane E. Brown, Executive Director

The current system is broken.  Overseeing one’s own colleagues is difficult under any circumstances, but oversight in a charged partisan environment like the U.S. Congress is impossible.  This is not to say that members of Congress are any less capable than others of self-policing-- no one self-polices well.  In the Executive Branch there is an Office of Government Ethics. Businesses have outside auditors. Congress needs independent and professional oversight and enforcement of the rules.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Consumer Protection

Arizona Moves Closer Towards Combating Identity Theft

The House Judiciary Committee today voted in favor of SB1345, a bill that unanimously passed the Senate and would give consumers the right to put a security freeze on their credit files.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Democracy

U.S. House Adopts Independent Ethics Oversight

The U.S. House of Representatives voted tonight to establish an independent Office of Congressional Ethics.  This vote was about going beyond the easy rhetoric of reform and taking a concrete step to correct what has been a dysfunctional ethics process.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Senate Bill Seeks to Restrict Exchange of Ideas in Education

The Senate Government Committee heard testimony today on SB 1542, a bill that would impose penalties on faculty that discuss political and controversial subjects in higher education. Students representing the Arizona Students Association (ASA) and the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) from across the state came to the Capitol today in opposition to the bill, which they see as an effort to restrict what they are able to learn in college classrooms.

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