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Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Connecting Phoenix and Tucson

Over the past few decades, explosive population growth in Phoenix and Tucson has led the two cities to grow increasingly interconnected, socially and economically. It has also resulted in increasing traffic congestion problems, particularly on Interstate 10, which connects the two cities. With this growth expected to continue in years to come, Arizonans face a pressing need for improved transportation options. Passenger rail between Phoenix and Tucson can help meet the future transportation needs of the Sun Corridor.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Broad Coalition Urges Congress to Prevent Doubling of Student Loan Interest Rates

Today, a broad coalition of student, education, faith, business, labor, consumer protection and school administrator groups and associations sent a letter to Republican and Democratic leaders urging action to prevent the doubling of interest rates on student loans. Without congressional action, on July 1, 2012 over 7 million students will see the interest rate on their student loan double from 3.4 to 6.8 percent.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Proposed Interest Rate Hike Threatens College Affordability, Can Lead to 20% Increases in Cost of College Next Year

Students and families in Arizona are set to celebrate college graduations as the threat of doubled student loan interest rates looms. If Congress fails to act by July 1, 2012 the interest rate for Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans will double, rising to 6.8 percent. 7.4 million American students will see the interest rates on their student loans double, effectively raising the average cost of college by over $1,000 for millions of students and their families. Student loan debt has already overshadowed credit card debt. The U.S. PIRG, the Young Invincibles, the Center for American Progress and Campus Progress released a joint report on the looming threat of a major hike in the federal student loan interest rate.


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Blog Post | Higher Ed

The New Student Battle Cry: Don't Double My Rate! | Jason Donofrio

The media and the country are just waking up to the alarming fact that unless Congress acts by July 1, the interest rate on subsidized Stafford student loans will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Congress must not let that happen.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Tax


This year’s Farm Bill is a golden opportunity to end these wasteful subsidies and get our food policy right.  Unfortunately, while the legislation approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee does make a few positive steps, like ending the egregious Direct Payments program, it would further entrench the equally wasteful crop insurance program, which has cost taxpayers $30 billion over the last decade. And it would create a costly new subsidy scheme that would lock in currently-high corn and soy prices and once again direct billions of taxpayer dollars to giant agribusinesses.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Democracy

The Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project

The Student PIRGs’ New Voters Project is America’s oldest and largest nonpartisan youth voter mobilization program. We started the project in 1984, after witnessing an alarming decrease in youth voter turnout over the previous decade. Over the last twenty years, we developed our theory of the “cycle of mutual neglect” to help explain why youth voter turnout was so weak.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Consumer Protection

Proposition 200 is No Reform to Payday Lending

Payday lenders hope that in packaging Proposition 200 as industry ‘reform’ Arizonans will vote to permanently legalize triple-digit interest rates and greater access to borrower bank accounts.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Transportation

President Bush Approves Landmark Passenger Rail Investment

President Bush signed legislation today that will strengthen the nation's intercity passenger rail network to accommodate record ridership and make possible new routes.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Plan For Economic Prosperity Through Transportation Announced

Today, on the heels of the Wall Street bailout and hours before the final presidential debate, local mayors and public interest leaders joined together to call on the next President and Congress to strengthen our local and national economies by building a 21st Century transportation system.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Budget

Statement of Diane E. Brown, Executive Director, on Final Passage of Wall Street Bailout Legislation Today

The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) is deeply disappointed that Congress punted on enacting critical protections for taxpayers and homeowners in the Wall Street bailout legislation passed today.

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