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Report | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Budget

Following the Money 2012

This report is the Arizona PIRG Education Fund’s third annual ranking of states’ progress toward “Transparency 2.0”—a new standard of comprehensive, one-stop, one-click budget accountability and accessibility. The past year has seen continued progress, with new states providing online access to government spending information and several states pioneering new tools to further expand citizens’ access to spending information and engagement with government.

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Arizona Republic: Arizona receives top grade for online transparency about state spending

Arizona is one of seven states to receive a top grade for providing online information about government spending. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group Education Fund graded Arizona an A- for its OpenBooks website, maintained by the state Department of Administration.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Students To Congress: Don’t Double Student Debt Rates

With the student loan interest rate about to double this July for almost 8 million loan borrowers, the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) and coalition partners delivered over 130,000 letters to Congress urging a different plan.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Health Care

NEW HEALTH EXCHANGE RULES CAN HELP ARIZONA MOVE FORWARD

The rules released today by the federal Department of Health and Human Services put states in the driver’s seat when it comes to setting up new health benefits exchanges. Exchanges are a centerpiece of the federal health reform law, allowing states to create new competitive marketplaces where individuals and small businesses can get a better deal on coverage. The regulations lay out the minimum standards a state will need to meet in order to run their own exchange, but states will need to make many additional decisions to ensure that their exchange serves consumers’ needs.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Fukushima: One Year Later, Public Still At Risk

This Sunday marks the one year anniversary of the nuclear meltdown in Fukushima. While Japan continues to deal with the aftermath of one of the worst nuclear accidents in history, the United States is slowly assessing its own nuclear plants.

 

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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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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Safe Energy

National Energy Bill Keeps America Speeding Down Wrong Road

The day after ExxonMobil posted record-breaking profits, the U.S. Congress has passed an energy bill that rewards Exxon and other big oil companies with $4 billion in new subsidies.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Safe Energy

U.S. Senate Energy Bill Falls Short of Moving America Forward

"The renewable electricity standard and energy efficiency tax provisions stand out as the bright lights of the U.S. Senate bill," said Diane E. Brown, Executive Director of the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG). "Unfortunately, the bill still falls short of delivering the energy policy America deserves, by doing nothing to protect consumers from high prices at the gas pump or to reduce America's dependence on oil."

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News Release | Arizona PIRG Education Fund | Safe Energy

Consumers Continue to Pay for Shortsighted Energy Policies

Arizona’s consumers will spend over $98 million more at the gas pump in 2005 than they should because of shortsighted automobile fuel economy policies, according to a report released today by the Arizona PIRG Education Fund.

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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Consumer Protection

U.S. Senator John McCain Honored By Arizona PIRG As Public Interest Champion

As part of the state Public Interest Research Groups (PIRGs) first lobby days of the 109th Congress, Arizona PIRG honored Senator John McCain for his unwavering commitment to a secure and affordable energy future and his leadership on global warming.

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