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TRANSPARENCY IN CITY SPENDING

The ability to see how government uses the public purse is fundamental to democracy. Transparency in government spending checks corruption, bolsters public confidence, improves responsiveness, and promotes greater effectiveness and fiscal responsibility.

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Report | NCPIRG Education Fund | Consumer Protection

Trouble in Toyland 2012

The 2012 Trouble in Toyland report is the 27th annual NCPIRG survey of toy safety. In this report, NCPIRG provides safety guidelines for consumers when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards.

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News Release | NCPIRG Education Fund | Budget, Food

Ag Subsidies Pay for 21 Twinkies per Taxpayer, But Only Half of an Apple Apiece

Federal subsidies for commodity crops are subsidizing junk food additives like high fructose corn syrup, enough to pay for 21 Twinkies per taxpayer every year, according to NCPIRG’s new report, Apples to Twinkies 2012. Meanwhile, limited subsidies for fresh fruits and vegetables would buy one half of an apple per taxpayer.

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Report | NCPIRG 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 | NCPIRG | Higher Ed

Responding to Students, Congress Extends Low College Loan Rate

Statement of Rich Williams, NCPIRG 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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NC Regulators consider Duke Energy program

Charging Duke Energy Corp. customers in North Carolina a little more will help the company with its energy conservation efforts, the utility's top executive in the state told regulators Monday.

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Opponents: Duke Energy's 'Save-a-Watt' program no bright idea

The head of Duke Energy says changing how it encourages customers to use less power will help appropriately compensate the company.

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News Release | NCPIRG | Consumer Protection

Broad coalition calls on Duke to pull the plug on costly “Save-a-Watt”

Raleigh, NC.  Consumer, labor, and environmental groups rallied on the steps of the Utilities Commission today, calling on Duke Energy to withdraw its controversial “Save-a-Watt” proposal. It is the first energy efficiency proposal to be heard by the Utilities Commission since the passage of the major energy bill last year.  The groups argue that the program costs too much and does too little.  They urged Duke to support independently-run energy efficiency programs. 

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Protesters urge regulators to block Duke Energy plan

A public protest kicked off a week of hearings today on Duke Energy's controversial energy efficiency proposal called Save-a-Watt.

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CPSC Data Show Safety Recalls Increased 22% Over Last Year

The number of recalls of toys and children’s products is up 22% over the first half of last year, despite industry promises last year to solve the problems that made 2007 the “year of the recall,” according to an analysis of Consumer Product Safety Commission data by the nation’s leading consumer groups. The groups urged Congress to complete a “strong CPSC Reform Act” before the August recess.

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