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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Democracy

New Report: Billion-Dollar Democracy Shows Unprecedented Impact of Big Money in 2012 Elections

It took just 32 billionaires and corporations giving Super PACs an average of $9.9 million apiece to match every single dollar given by small donors to Romney and Obama in the 2012 election cycle, according to Billion-Dollar Democracy, a new report by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund and Demos. Those small donations amounted to over $313 million from more than 3.7 million individuals.

Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Democracy

Billion-Dollar Democracy

The first presidential election since Citizens United lived up to its hype, with unprecedented outside spending from new sources making headlines. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund and Demos analysis of reports from campaigns, parties, and outside spenders to the Federal Election Commission found that our big money system distorts democracy and creates winners and losers.

News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Food

FDA Protects Public by Releasing Two Long-Delayed Food Safety Rules; Five Critical Rules Still Yet To Be Released

After a one-year delay, the FDA released two vital food safety rules that will help protect American consumers from unsafe and contaminated food. The proposed rules will improve the safety of produce and establish better preventative controls and practices in food manufacturing.

News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Flagstaff Transit Highlighted in New National Report

A new report by Reconnecting America highlights Flagstaff as one of 14 midsize cities in the country setting an example for the next generation of transit projects. Transit advocates celebrated the inclusion of Flagstaff’s Mountain Link bus rapid transit in the report.

News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

SRP Decides To Waste Customers’ Money

The Salt River Project Board of Directors voted to support the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee with $1 million. The Arizona PIRG Education Fund and ratepayers had urged members of the SRP Board to vote “no.”

Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Tax

Subsidizing Bad Behavior

Corporations accused of wrongdoing commonly settle legal disputes with government regulators out of court. Doing so allows both the company and the government to avoid going to trial and the agency gets to appear as if it is teaching the company a lesson for its misdeeds. However, very often the corporations deduct the costs of the settlement on their taxes as an ordinary business expense, shifting a significant portion of the burden onto ordinary taxpayers to pick up the tab.

News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Tax

Report Exposes How Taxpayers Bear Cost of Corporate Settlements

A new report spotlights a common practice where corporations that commit wrongdoing and agree to financial settlements with the federal government can claim such settlement payments as tax-deductible business expenses.

News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

Aetna Customers May See Rates Rise By 16%

More than 45,000 Arizonans who have Aetna as their health insurance provider may see a rate increase of 16%. Customers who are part of the Preferred Provider Organization-PPO-Small Group-and Aetna Fee for Service-Indemnity-Small Group health insurance plans will see an average rate increase of 16.17% starting January 1, 2013 if the premium rate hike proposed by Aetna goes forward.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Budget

Groups Call for Increased Transparency on Tax Credits

As the Joint Legislative Income Tax Review Committee had its annual review of income tax credits today, several groups called for increased transparency. Arizona PIRG, Children’s Action Alliance, and the Goldwater Institute raised concerns that there is not enough information available to the public about the tax credit programs.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Health Care

Brief Reaction to Governor's Decision to Defer to Feds on Health Insurance Exchange

Politics has trumped the ability to establish health care policy in the best interest of Arizonans. Federal decision makers now need to ensure Arizona consumers drive the health insurance exchange instead of being back-seat passengers.

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