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News Release | NCPIRG | Transportation

New Report: Misplaced highway spending to blame for crumbling roads and bridges

A new report released today strongly criticized politicians and policies that favor building new roadways while neglecting existing bridges and roads. The report notes that, for North Carolina car owners, rough roads increase their repair and operating expenses by an average of $251 per year. North Carolina has not prioritized preservation of its existing roadways and the state legislature and Department of Transportation have continued to plan for a spate of outer ring roads throughout the state which would further deplete funds for repair and maintenance. Despite the recent construction of much of North Carolina’s highways, 42 percent of roads are in less than good condition and 2,442 of the state’s bridges are deemed structurally deficient by government inspectors. Fourteen percent of North Carolina’s bridges are structurally deficient, compared to 12 percent nationally.

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Media Hit | Food

USA Today: 'Growing concern' over marketing tainted beef

Beef containing harmful pesticides, veterinary antibiotics and heavy metals is being sold to the public because federal agencies have failed to set limits for the contaminants or adequately test for them, a federal audit finds.

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Report | NCPIRG | Democracy

Following the Money

The ability to see how government uses the public purse is fundamental to democracy. Spending transparency checks corruption, bolsters public confidence in government, and promotes fiscal responsibility. 

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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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Media Hit | Transportation

More money sought for public transit

The cost of gasoline gobbled up economic stimulus checks received by households in North Carolina, according to a group pushing for more funding for public transportation.

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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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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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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

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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