COVID-19

News Release | TexPIRG | COVID-19

New analysis: Texas receives trending poorly marks for COVID-19 containment measures

With America as a whole continuing to struggle in containing the COVID-19 virus,  TexPIRG released a new fact sheet today calling on Texas to maintain all current restrictions related to COVID-19, and take additional measures to improve containment. 

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Open Safe Texas

Texas receives trending poorly marks for COVID-19 countainment measures

News Release | TexPIRG Education Fund | COVID-19

New Report: Counties working hard to be ready for election, but need more workers

A new report out today by the Texas Public Interest Research Group (TexPIRG) Education Fund surveyed county clerks and election administrators to understand how they are preparing for the primary runoff during a pandemic. The group surveyed and researched more than 46 counties, sending out a survey, conducting interviews, and researching websites to determine what steps are being taken to make our elections safer and what still needs to be done. 

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Safe, Healthy Elections During COVID-19

TexPIRG Education Fund surveyed 24 county clerks and election administrators to understand how they are preparing for the primary runoff election during COVID-19

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U.S. PIRG Response to "Preparing for the Next Pandemic" White Paper

The U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions sought feedback on its white paper entitled, "Preparing for the Next Pandemic." U.S. PIRG's response is that the war against COVID-19 is far from over. As case rates and hospitalizations increase across several states, it’s imperative that Congress plugs the glaring holes in our medical supply chain now. 

News Release | TexPIRG | COVID-19

TexPIRG Statement on Gov. Abbott slowing down the state’s reopening

Gov. Greg Abbott halted the process of reopening Texas on Thursday amid a record-setting spike in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases. In addition, the governor told four large counties across the state not to allow elective surgeries, to keep from overwhelming hospitals. 

In response, TexPIRG Director Bay Scoggin released the following statement:

“When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. Governor Abbott’s announcement today is a recognition that we moved too quickly to reopen, and while tough to hear, is absolutely the right decision. Stopping further reopenings is a good first step, and the only choice if we want to get ourselves out of this hole.

News Release | TexPIRG | COVID-19

TexPIRG Statement on Bexar County Mask Order

AUSTIN-- Governor Abbott allowed counties to require masks today after Bexar county Judge put an order in place. The following can be attributed to Bay Scoggin, TexPIRG Director.

“Wearing masks is the best thing we can do to mitigate the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s also the best way we can reopen our economy safely, so it’s great to see the leadership from Judge Wolff bear fruit for more than just San Antonio.”

CFPB complaint volume sets another record in May

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

As of today, consumer complaints to the CFPB set a third straight monthly record in May, with 35,093 complaints reported. Complaints about credit reporting lead by far, followed by debt collection, credit card and mortgage complaints. Job and income losses during the pandemic are hitting families hard.

Superspreading events pose outsized risk of COVID-19 transmission

By | Abe Scarr
Illinois PIRG State Director

Public health experts are starting to draw actionable lessons about the nature of how COVID-19 spreads. In addition to maintaining best practices –physical distancing, mask wearing and hand washing – it’s best to avoid extended, crowded indoor gatherings.

I’m reading the CFPB’s mail about the pandemic’s effect on family finances

By | Ed Mierzwinski
Senior Director, Federal Consumer Program

I’ve been reading the CFPB’s mail. It’s okay, you can too. It’s public. Not surprisingly, the latest CFPB consumer complaints paint a grim picture of the pandemic’s effect on family finances. I ask: Why isn’t the CFPB doing more to help struggling consumers?

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