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New TIFIA Rules Will Hurt the Public | Jason Donofrio

The one major transportation program that was significantly expanded in last week's new surface transportation bill was TIFIA, the federal loan program meant to complement other forms of financing for major transportation projects. In expanding the program, Congress also transformed the program from one in which performance critieria were used to select which proposals most deserved tax dollars into a first-come-first-served pool that will no longer prioritize projects that provide the most public benefits.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Budget, Tax

Arizona Commerce Authority Given Transparency Recommendations

On July 1st, 2011, the Arizona Commerce Authority officially will begin operations. The Authority, a quasi-public entity, will replace the Arizona Department of Commerce and dispense taxpayer-funded subsidies to private businesses. Governor Brewer and the Arizona legislature approved this change on February 16, 2011.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Consumer Group Calls for New Competitive Health Care Marketplace

Arizona policy-makers can address rising health care costs by implementing an effective health insurance exchange, according to a report released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. 

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Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Building A Better Health Care Marketplace

Consumers across the state know that the health insurance marketplace is broken. Insurers don’t compete for their business, instead offering take-it or-leave-it deals. Important information about coverage is buried in the fine print, making it hard to know what’s really covered. Instead of working to lower costs and improve quality, too many insurers focus on covering healthy enrollees and dumping the sick. And costs are continuing their unsustainable rise.

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Media Hit | Transportation

Daily News-Sun: Traffic troubles limit elderly

As the number of Arizonans age 65 and older continues to grow, their ability to find available public transportation services are rapidly becoming more difficult, research shows.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Safe Energy

U.S. Senate Hearing on Gasoline Prices Unlikely to Result in Real Relief for Consumers

The Bush Administration and Congress have failed to do their part to protect American consumers from skyrocketing gasoline prices. As a nation, we are facing enormous energy problems that require real leadership and common sense solutions. Today’s hearing is unlikely to result in real relief for consumers since it is dominated by Big Oil and its Administration allies with no representation by public interest consumer organizations.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Safe Energy

Despite Flawed Federal Policies, States Show Willingness to Move Energy Policy in the Right Direction

In contrast to the misguided federal energy bill signed last week, over 20 states are leading the way toward true energy independence, having passed -- or actively considering -- important clean energy policies. To demonstrate the trend, the State PIRGs released two new reports documenting the progress at the state level on energy policy.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Safe Energy

National Energy Bill Keeps America Speeding Down Wrong Road

The day after ExxonMobil posted record-breaking profits, the U.S. Congress has passed an energy bill that rewards Exxon and other big oil companies with $4 billion in new subsidies.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Safe Energy

U.S. Senate Energy Bill Falls Short of Moving America Forward

"The renewable electricity standard and energy efficiency tax provisions stand out as the bright lights of the U.S. Senate bill," said Diane E. Brown, Executive Director of the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG). "Unfortunately, the bill still falls short of delivering the energy policy America deserves, by doing nothing to protect consumers from high prices at the gas pump or to reduce America's dependence on oil."

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Consumers Continue to Pay for Shortsighted Energy Policies

Arizona’s consumers will spend over $98 million more at the gas pump in 2005 than they should because of shortsighted automobile fuel economy policies, according to a report released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund.

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