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Report | RIPIRG Education Fund | Budget, Food

Apples to Twinkies 2012

In this report, we find that in 2011, over $1.28 billion in taxpayer subsidies went to junk food ingredients, bringing the total to a staggering $18.2 billion since 1995. To put that figure in perspective, $18.2 billion is enough to buy 2.9 billion Twinkies every year - 21 for every single American taxpayer.

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News Release | RIPIRG | Higher Ed

Responding to Students, Congress Extends Low College Loan Rate

Statement of Rich Williams, RIPIRG Higher Education Advocate, on the Congressional passage of bipartisan legislation to prevent subsidized Stafford student loan interest rates from doubling:

Congress listened to students and their families and delivered a bill that stops student loan interest rates from doubling. Students already face unprecedented student loan debt and adding an additional $1,000 more would not only crunch individual borrowers, but would have further weighed down the recovering economy. We applaud Congress for coming together to pass this much-needed legislation.

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News Release | RIPIRG | Transportation

Transportation Bill is a Step Backwards

Statement by Phineas Baxandall, RIPIRG’s Senior Transportation Analyst, regarding the disappointing federal Transportation Bill as released from conference committee today.

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News Release | RIPIRG | Health Care

Supreme Court Upholds Health Reform

Today’s decision is good news for consumers. Insurance companies can’t go back to the days of dropping your coverage once you become ill, or denying coverage to sick children. And beginning in 2014, the days of insurers being able to deny anyone coverage for “pre-existing conditions” will be history. 

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News Release | RIPIRG | Tax

Flawed Farm Bill Heads Towards Senate Floor

The Senate is moving to vote on the farm bill, S.3240, that would continue the current system of agricultural subsidies to large, profitable, agribusiness.

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News Release | RIPIRG | Democracy

Court ID Decision Burden to Students

Today’s U.S. Supreme Court decision in Crawford v. Marion County Election Board upholds an Indiana state law that requires voters to present a state issued photo identification. In a 6 to 3 decision, the Court determined that voter fraud takes precedence over burdens the law places on voters.

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News Release | RIPIRG | Consumer Protection

Students Support Fair Campus Credit Card Marketing Principles

Students overwhelmingly support limits on campus credit card marketing, according to the results of a nationwide RIPIRG survey of more than 1,500 students at 40 colleges in 14 states.

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News Release | RIPIRG | Transportation

Local Leaders Call for Transit Vision

Efforts to improve Rhode Island’s public transit system received a boost today as Providence Mayor Cicilline, Lincoln Senator Connors, the Sierra Club and other supporters held an event at Waterplace Park calling for approval of financing and citing a major new report on oil savings and other benefits from public transportation across the country. The RIPIRG report, A Better Way to Go: Meeting America’s 21 st Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit, examines the challenges faced by America’s transportation system and the benefits of existing rail and bus projects in Rhode Island and other Southern New England states.

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News Release | RIPIRG | Consumer Protection

House Adopts Independent Ethics Oversight

Statement of Gary Kalman, Director of U.S. PIRG’s Federal Legislative Office: The House of Representatives voted tonight to establish an independent Office of Congressional Ethics.

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News Release | RIPIRG | Consumer Protection

Consumer Groups Applaud Senate on Passage of Strong Bi-Partisan Product Safety Legislation

Today, consumer, public interest and scientific groups applauded the U.S. Senate for passage of the sweeping Consumer Product Safety Reform Act, S. 2663.

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