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Arizona Republic: Advocates: Arizona taxpayers are subsidizing junk foods

More children are getting fat from cheap junk foods whose key ingredients are subsidized by millions of dollars in taxes paid by residents in Arizona and across the country, the Arizona Public Interest Research Group alleged Wednesday.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Tax

New Report: Subsidies Pay for 19 Twinkies per Arizona Taxpayer

Federal subsidies for commodity crops are also subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 19 Twinkies per Arizona taxpayer every year, according to Apples to Twinkies.

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Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Food, Tax

Apples to Twinkies

America is facing an obesity epidemic – one that’s hitting children especially hard. The rise in childhood obesity has many causes, but one of the most important is the increased prevalence of high-fat, heavily sweetened junk food.  And shockingly, American taxpayers are spending billions to subsidize junk food ingredients, making the problem worse.

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Report | Arizona PIRG | Budget, Tax

Toward Common Ground for the Supercommittee

The National Taxpayers Union (NTU) and the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) have joined together to propose to the Supercommittee and to Congress as a whole a list of more than 50 recommendations to reform our future spending commitments. If enacted in their entirety, these changes would save taxpayers more than $1 trillion over the coming decade.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Tax

As Super Committee Gets to Work, Groups Identify $1 Trillion in Savings

As the Congressional “Super Committee” begins its search for $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction, a new study released by Arizona PIRG and the National Taxpayers Union provides the panel with a place to start: more than $1 trillion of spending cuts with appeal from across the political spectrum.

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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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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

New Report Documents Dangerous Chemicals in Baby Products

Toxic chemicals can be found in common baby products, according to a new report released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund. “The Right Start: The Need to Eliminate Toxic Chemicals from Baby Products” documents toxic chemicals, including phthalates and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), in teethers, bath books, and sleep accessories.

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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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