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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Arizonans Have Opportunities to Weigh In on Passenger Rail

As part of its Intercity Rail Study, the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) recently announced opportunities for Arizonans to give their input on a proposed passenger rail line connecting Phoenix and Tucson. Supporters of passenger rail cheered these public meetings as a step forward for rail connecting Arizona’s two largest cities.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Budget

Accountability, Transparency Urged for the Arizona Commerce Authority

At the September 27, 2011 meeting of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA), the Arizona PIRG Education Fund and Americans for Prosperity called on the new entity to be transparent and accountable to taxpayers.

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Media Hit | Tax

Arizona Republic: Advocates: Arizona taxpayers are subsidizing junk foods

More children are getting fat from cheap junk foods whose key ingredients are subsidized by millions of dollars in taxes paid by residents in Arizona and across the country, the Arizona Public Interest Research Group alleged Wednesday.

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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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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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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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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Democracy

Study Finds States Can Teach Congress About Ethics

The states are far ahead of Congress in establishing independent ethics enforcement for legislators according to a study released today by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG).  The report, Honest Enforcement: What Congress Can Learn From Independent State Ethics Commissions, found that twenty-three states have created commissions, boards or offices that operate largely free of partisan interference to oversee the ethics rules that apply to elected officials.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

New Report: Cutting Interest Rates in Half Would Save Working and Middle Class Arizona Students Thousands of Dollars in Debt

A Congressional proposal to cut student loan interest rates in half will save the average lower and middle income borrower $4,420 over the life of their loans, according to Cutting Interest Rates, Lowering Student Debt, a new report by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG).

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Democracy

U.S. House Overwhelmingly Approves First Ethics Changes

The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) applauds the action taken by the U.S. House this evening on the first pieces of the U.S. House rules package.  Speaker Pelosi and the leadership deserve significant credit for bringing meaningful proposals to the floor.  The overwhelming support for new restrictions on lobbyist-funded trips and gifts send a powerful message that the new Congress is taking the need for reform seriously.

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