COVID-19

As parents and students make trips across the country to return to college, you are probably wondering how to do so safely during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide will outline some of the safer options.

The COVID-19 pandemic presents a whole new situation for college students. This guide outlines items that students should pack when they return to campus.

If you’re behind on your mortgage payments, here are some tips

If you’re struggling to keep up with your mortgage payments, you’re far from alone. More than 8% of homeowners with a mortgage are at least 30 days behind. And this doesn’t count the millions of people scrambling to pull together enough money to pay their mortgage only two or three weeks late every month. 

Is your mortgage forbearance ending?

Maybe you or a loved one are among the 30 million people who lost a job in the spring because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Or maybe you’re one of the 18 million who no longer receives an extra $600 a week in unemployment. Or maybe you’ve taken a pay cut.

Is your mortgage forbearance ending?

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

If the COVID-19 pandemic affects your ability to pay, here’s what you need to know

If you’re behind on your mortgage payments, here are some tips

By | Teresa Murray
Consumer Watchdog

Good news: You may still be able to request a forbearance because of COVID-19

Congress must reject demands from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to use the pandemic as cover to achieve one of their long-standing goals: making it nearly impossible for workers and consumers to hold companies accountable when they fail to use reasonable care to keep their operations safe. When America does return to work consumers and workers must have peace of mind that businesses are taking reasonable steps to protect them. The bottom line is that when nobody is accountable, nobody is safe. Congress must enact an additional Covid relief package to help struggling consumers, but shouldn't include the Chamber's corporate lawsuit immunity demand, which Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY) continues to include in his latest proposed pandemic package.

News Release | TexPIRG | COVID-19

Top economists call on Governor Abbott to Start Over and Do It Right to contain COVID-19

“Our nation’s economy will remain in crisis as long as the COVID-19 virus spreads unchecked,” according to an open letter economists from leading universities signed in response to the botched pandemic response across the United States. The letter, circulated by U.S. PIRG, calls on public officials to “Start Over and Do It Right” to contain COVID-19 this time. TexPIRG delivered the letter to Governor Abbott today, emphasizing that the state cannot reopen safely until the virus is under control. 

“As experts on economic theory and practice, we have come together to insist that you reconsider your understanding of the economic reality we face. By opening the economy and thus encouraging people to meet up at bars, gyms, restaurants, stores and other gatherings, we are prolonging the harm. Those meetings drive up disease, and therefore deaths,” notes the letter.

The letter comes when Governor Abbott recently hinted at easing coronavirus restrictions. “We are still nowhere near where we need to be to reopen,” said Bay Scoggin, TexPIRG Director. “We jumped the gun last time, can’t we learn from our mistakes?”

News Release | TexPIRG | COVID-19

Health professionals tell Governor Abbott it’s time to shut down, start over and do it right

TexPIRG is calling on Governor Greg Abbott to hit the reset button on the state’s response to containing the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) as it continues to rage throughout the state. More than 1,300 health professionals nationwide, including more than fifty from Texas, have now signed an open letter to Governor Abbot and other decision makers urging them to shut down, start over, and do it right this time to contain COVID-19 and save lives.

“It’s too late for the more than 10,000 Texans who have already lost their lives, but not for thousands more if we take action now,” said Bay Scoggin, TexPIRG state director. “We reopened too quickly without hitting key benchmarks, and now we’re facing the consequences. Half measures aren’t cutting it, let’s shut down, start over, and do it right this time.”

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