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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Arizona’s Seniors Will Face Poor Mobility Options

By 2015, at least 56 percent of Phoenix-area residents ages 65 and older will live in communities where public transportation service is poor or non-existent, a new study shows. That number is expected to continue to grow rapidly as the baby boom generation “ages in place” in suburbs and exurbs with few mobility options for those who do not drive.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Tax

U.S. House Committee Approves Cut to Agriculture Subsidies

U.S. Representative Flake’s (Mesa) amendment is a good step forward for our children’s health and our nation’s fiscal health.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Financial Reform

Two Years After Passing the Credit CARD Act, Congress Steps Up Attacks on Consumer Cop Designed to Enforce It

The Credit CARD Act of 2009 has eliminated numerous credit card tricks and traps without causing skyrocketing interest rates or any of the other horrible side-effects that the banks once warned would happen.  In spite of that success, the banks and their Congressional allies are now seeking to eliminate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), the new consumer cop created to enforce the CARD Act and protect consumers from other tricks of the trade, like deceptive mortgage practices and unfair overdraft fees.

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Media Hit | Transportation

Guest Commentary: Arizona needs a 21st century public transportation system

For the first time, Arizona's State Transportation Board approved a state rail plan which includes connecting the major metropolitan areas of Phoenix and Tucson by passenger rail. In a state known for its reliance on single-occupant vehicles and its lack of good public transportation, this is a crucial step forward for providing Arizonans with better transportation options.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Budget

Supporters Cheer Passage of Budget Transparency Bills

Proponents of government transparency had reason to celebrate Governor Jan Brewer’s signature on two pieces of legislation aimed at increasing the budget transparency of local governments. House Bills 2421 and 2422 will make improvements in how well school districts and local governments provide budget information online.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

New Report Details Jobs and Economic Growth Opportunities in Arizona from Renewable Energy

At a news conference today, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund released a new report entitled "Renewing Arizona's Economy: The Clean Energy Path to Jobs and Economic Growth". The report documents the economic development potential of renewable energy (such as solar and wind power) in Arizona, focusing on how investing in renewable energy will lead to jobs and increased economic output. In addition, the report examines how renewable energy can save water and improve public health. The report comes as the Arizona Corporation Commission is considering an increase to the state's Environmental Portfolio Standard.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

New Report Reveals High Numbers of Teachers, Social Workers in Arizona with Unmanageable Student Loan Debt

More than 29 percent of all four-year public college graduates have too much debt to manage as a starting teacher in Arizona according to a new report released today by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG).

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Consumer Protection

Water Quality Legislation Moves To Senate

Representative Tom O’Halleran and representatives of the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) and the Northwest Arizona Watershed Council joined together today to urge swift adoption of water legislation that recently passed the House and is now before the Senate. Arizona PIRG also released a new policy paper, "Our Water, Our Future: Policy Options to Safeguard Water Resources in Arizona." The policy paper documents the main threats to Arizona’s water supply and details policy recommendations to ensure enough water for our future.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

U.S. House Passes Bill To Slash America’s Food Safety Net

Instead of protecting public health, the U.S. House of Representatives catered to powerful corporate interests today by passing H.R. 4167, the National Uniformity for Food Act.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

U.S. House Votes for Largest Cut Ever to Student Loans

Today, by a 216 to 214 vote, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to cut $12 billion from the student loan programs as a part of the budget reconciliation bill, the largest cut to these programs in their history.

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