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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Tax

U.S. SENATE COMMITTEE APPROVES NEW TAXPAYER GIVEAWAYS TO BIG AG

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 | Consumer Protection

Arizona PIRG Tells Congress: Don’t Freeze our Public Health and Consumer Safety Protections

Last year, in the 175 days that the U.S. House of Representatives was in session, it passed more than 190 anti-regulatory bills. Next up is H.R. 4078, the “Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act of 2012,” a bill that wrongly calls for a halt on all public health and consumer safety protections until the unemployment rate reaches six percent.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

Arizona Dept. of Insurance Issues Rule on Health Insurance “Rate Review”

St. Luke’s Health Initiatives and the Arizona PIRG Education Fund released a new report Getting All the Cards on the Table, which highlights options Arizona has to increase transparency so consumers have better information and are better protected against unreasonable health insurance rate increases. The report comes on the heels of the Arizona Department of Insurance’s (ADOI) initiation of rulemaking on “rate review."

 

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Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

Getting All the Cards on the Table

States do have options to increase transparency so consumers have better information and are better protected against unreasonable rate increases. One important opportunity is through a process called rate review, which can potentially empower consumers by requiring insurers to make information on why rates are increasing publically available.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Tax

Offshore Tax Havens Cost Average Arizona Taxpayer $297 a Year, Average Arizona Small Business $1,525

With tax day approaching, a new study released by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) found that the average Arizona taxpayer in 2011 would have to shoulder an extra $297 tax burden make up for revenue lost from corporations and wealthy individuals shifting income to offshore tax havens.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Students Applaud College Access Bill Signing

Today, President Bush formally signed the College Cost Reduction and Access Act of 2007 into law.  The bill, which passed in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House on September 7, 2007, is the largest federal investment in higher education since passage of the GI bill.  It boosts the federal loan and grant programs by $20 billion dollars.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Democracy

New Lobbying & Ethics Rules To Become Federal Law

Today the Honest Leadership and Open Government Act of 2007 will become law. The Act represents far reaching changes to the lobbying and ethics rules that govern the interactions between lobbyists and legislators.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Statement of Diane E. Brown, Executive Director, on Latest Mattel-China Recall

The unfortunate news that another 9 million toys tainted with lead paint or dangerous small magnets were recalled today underscores many problems that need to be addressed.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Democracy

Statement of Diane E. Brown, Executive Director, on U.S. Senate Passage of Landmark Lobby and Ethics Reform

Today’s vote in the U.S. Senate was a very good win for the American people.  Following the U.S. House action earlier this week, the landmark bill now heads to the President’s desk where we expect he will sign the bill. The reforms passed this week represent the most sweeping changes to the rules on lobbyists in a generation. 

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Democracy

Historic Ethics Reform Passes U.S. House

The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) applauds today’s U.S. House vote on lobby and ethics reform.  The bill represents a momentous step toward reining in the special access and influence exerted by powerful interests in Washington, D.C.  It is without question the most significant change to the rules in a generation.

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