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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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Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Tax

Tax Shell Game 2011

Tax havens are countries with minimal or no taxes, to which U.S.-based multinational firms or individuals transfer their earnings to avoid paying taxes in the United States. Users of tax havens benefit from access to America’s markets, workforce, infrastructure and security, but pay little or nothing for it—violating the basic fairness of the tax system. Abuse of tax havens inflicts a price on other American taxpayers, who must pay higher taxes—now or in the future—to cover the government’s revenue shortfall, or must deal with cuts in government services.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Consumer Protection

Arizona State University Students Kick Off Student Debt Alert Campaign

Today students at the Arizona State University (ASU) kicked off the Student Debt Alert campaign to encourage the Commission on the Future of Higher Education to recommend increases in grant funding and solutions to make loan debt more manageable. 

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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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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Safe Energy

Statement of Diane E. Brown, Executive Director, on President Bush and Energy Policy

It is good news that President Bush recognizes what many have sensed for a long time; that we are dangerously reliant on oil in ways that our economy and our environment can no longer tolerate.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

ARIZONA PIRG CALLS ON CONGRESS TO STOP THE RAID ON STUDENT AID

Today, the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) joined thousands of college students across the country calling on Congress to stop the biggest student loan cuts in history when the U.S. House of Representatives takes up the issue in early February.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Consumer Group Alerts Shoppers To Hidden Toy Hazards

Hazardous toys continue to be sold in stores across the country, according to the 20th annual toy safety survey released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund.

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