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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Transportation

Phoenix-Tucson Rail Creates Jobs, Save Millions

A new report released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund highlighted the benefits of connecting Phoenix and Tucson with passenger rail. The report, Connecting Phoenix and Tucson: The Benefits of Intercity Rail in the Sun Corridor, estimates that the economic benefits of intercity rail include: expanding labor market access for businesses, creating at least 30,000 job-years of employment, boosting local economies, and ensuring that the Phoenix-Tucson area remains attractive to young people, who increasingly prefer alternatives to driving.

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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 | Democracy

U.S. House Overwhelmingly Approves First Ethics Changes

The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) applauds the action taken by the U.S. House this evening on the first pieces of the U.S. House rules package.  Speaker Pelosi and the leadership deserve significant credit for bringing meaningful proposals to the floor.  The overwhelming support for new restrictions on lobbyist-funded trips and gifts send a powerful message that the new Congress is taking the need for reform seriously.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

U.S. Senate Shuns Attempt to Weaken Food Safety Protections

In refusing to consider the National Uniformity for Food Act (S. 3128) before the end of the 109th Congress, the U.S. Senate rejected an attempt to weaken America’s food safety system. The bill, supported by powerful food manufacturers, would have implemented sweeping changes to America’s food safety system by preempting hundreds of state and local food safety protections.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Group Commends Consumer Product Safety Commission for Taking First Step Toward Banning Lead in Children

Yesterday, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) took a long overdue first step toward banning lead in children’s metal jewelry. We have known for decades that lead can cause permanent developmental damage in children or even death, so we commend the CPSC commissioners for voting to protect children from lead exposure.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Arizona PIRG Education Fund Alerts Shoppers To Toy Hazards

Hazardous toys are still sold in stores across the country, according to the 21st annual toy safety survey released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund.  While we can report substantial progress after more than two decades of advocacy on behalf of America’s littlest consumers, the Arizona PIRG Education Fund still found trouble in toyland.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Democracy

Vote Coalition Contacts Students Across the State

As of 6:00 PM MST, still an hour before the close of polls, the Arizona Student Vote Coalition has held one-on-one conversations with over 9,600 students about voting in the week leading up to Election Day. 2,180 of these contacts have been made today, on Election Day.

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