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Blog Post | Transportation

Millennials Want More Public Transportation | Sean Doyle

A new poll shows that access to public transportation is “very important” for Millennials in considering where to live and where to work.  The results support our research over the past few years that found Millennials are driving less than older generations and are more prone to walk, bike, or take transit to get where they need to go.

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Result | Democracy

Giving more Americans a greater voice in our elections

In our democracy, the size of your wallet shouldn’t determine the volume of your voice. In 2015, we helped win reforms in Maine and Seattle to ensure that more Americans have a greater say in our elections. Seattle’s Initiative-122 empowers small donors with “democracy vouchers” that can be donated to local candidates and lowers the cap on contributions. In Maine, the state’s Clean Elections Act was improved by strengthening campaign finance disclosure laws and offering qualifying candidates increased public funding.

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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection, Make VW Pay

Volkswagen’s $1000 Gift Cards Fall Short

Statement by Mike Litt, National Consumer Advocate with U.S. PIRG, on Volkswagen’s offer of $1,000 in gift cards to customers affected by its emission scandal.

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Blog Post | Financial Reform

Privacy, We've Got Tips and Ideas For You, Congress and Regulators, Too | Ed Mierzwinski

Problems with privacy and data security are all over the news these days. We've got you covered, from releasing a new report and consumer tips on the security freeze today to testifying to Congress (last week) on payment card security and speaking on a panel at the FTC tomorrow on Internet lead generation (what's that?). Oh, and we're waiting for answers to our questions to the CFPB about the credit bureau Experian joining the ranks of the breached. We've been busy as we explain in this "roundup" blog entry.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Consumer Protection

TexPIRG Recommends Staying Away From Paid Monitoring Services as FTC announces LifeLock settlement

Credit monitoring and other services that are usually offered to data breach victims and other concerned consumers do nothing to prevent identity theft; they only detect certain types of fraud after it has occurred. 

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News Release | TexPIRG | Higher Ed

Students Need a Strong Financial Watchdog, Too

New In The Public Interest column on Monday in The Huffington Post from Andrew Merki, a senior at Indiana University-Bloomington and the chair of Indiana Public Interest Research Group.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

The Perfect Venue for the Health Care Bill Signing

By holding today's signing ceremony at a community college, President Obama could not have picked a more fitting venue. It's not just because the legislation he has signed over the past week will double Pell grants and allow those under 26 years old to stay on their parent's insurance.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Historic Health Reform Sets U.S. on Path to Lower Costs

Today’s votes in the House and Senate put the finishing touches on a legislative accomplishment that has remained out of reach for every previous Congress: comprehensive health reform. We congratulate the House and Senate leadership and every member of Congress who voted for reform.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Higher Ed

Student Aid Surges As Congress Curtails Sweetheart Deals

“Today Congress voted to make historic investments into financial aid by ending sweetheart deals for big banks and lenders. This is a game-changing bill that banishes banks from the federal student loan program while aiding students mired in education debt.

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News Release | TexPIRG | Health Care

Consumer Group Gives Final Health Care Package an A- on Costs

The final health reform package, with the addition of the reconciliation fixes being debated by the Senate today, has earned an A- from the consumer group TexPIRG for its cost-containment provisions.

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