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News Release | U.S. PIRG | Financial Reform

House Stands With Consumers Against Big Banks

The Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, H.R. 4173, approved by a vote of 223-202, establishes a new independent Consumer Financial Protection Agency (CFPA), reins in the ability for banks and investment firms to get “too-big-to-fail” and then needing massive taxpayer bailouts, opens, for the first time, the Federal Reserve to public oversight, and creates accountability for hedge funds and other previously unregulated players that were central causes of the economic meltdown one year ago.

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Report | U.S. PIRG | Consumer Protection

Trouble In Toyland: The 24th Annual Survey Of Toy Safety

The 2009 Trouble in Toyland report is the 24th annual Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) survey of toy safety. This report provides safety guidelines for parents 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 | Health Care

Small Business Owners Reach Out to Congress to Support Health Reform

Raleigh, NC – Yesterday, local business owners called their Representatives and Senators to urge them to support legislation that cuts costs, stops insurance companies from discriminating against people with pre-existing conditions and gives people the option of a public plan.  In the first day of calling nearly 400 calls were generated by small businesses nationwide, with 42 calls in North Carolina. 

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News Release | NCPIRG | Health Care

Amid Bad Economy, Rising Health Care Premiums Slam Consumers, Small Businesses

Even as Americans struggle with a recession and the highest unemployment rate since 1983, health insurance companies have jacked up their premiums again. The average cost of family health coverage climbed again last year, to $13,375 for a family of four, according to new data released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research Educational Trust.

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News Release | NCPIRG | Health Care

Obama Health Care Plan Challenges Congress to Act

 “Tonight, drawing ideas from left and right, the President put forward his own healthcare plan. It tackles rising costs head on and ends insurance company abuses which threaten the coverage stability of Americans with insurance. It’s past time for Congress to come together and pass this bill.”

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Media Hit | Transportation

Forum Focuses on Public Transportation

In April of this year, the Special Transit Authority Commission made several recommendations for expanding bus service, regional rail service and light rail service. But they are recommendations that will cost money, the topic of which drew a packed audience at the McKimmon Center at North Carolina State University Thursday night.

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News Release | NCPIRG | Transportation

Squandering the Stimulus: Average North Carolina Households Spent Their Economic Stimulus at the Pump

Without sufficient alternatives to driving, American families spent their entire economic stimulus check on high-priced gas.  According to new analysis from the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group, since President Bush signed the tax rebates into law on February 13th, the average household spent over $1500 filling their tanks. Gas costs were higher than average in areas without robust public transportation.

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Media Hit | Transportation

N.C. PIRG: Pay for transit

If you're a typical American family of two adults and one child, you've received your $1,500 "economic stimulus" check from the federal government. And, since Feb. 13, when President Bush authorized that check, you've already spent it all—at the gas pump.

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Media Hit | Transportation

Transportation policy needs to catch up to 21st century

To keep our nation moving efficiently, the federal government must ensure dedicated funding and hold states accountable for upkeep of existing roadways. The responsibility is now left almost entirely up to states where it competes for scarce general revenue dollars with popular programs and typically loses out to expensive projects that offer big headlines and ribbon-cutting ceremonies.

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Progress Energy grid upgrade to cost $260 million

Progress Energy is preparing to spend $260 million to upgrade its more than 60,000 miles of distribution lines in the Carolinas with new equipment that would better manage the grid on the hottest August days and the coldest February nights - times of peak power demand.

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